Berries for wildlife

Aside from shrubs offering attractive foliage and flowers throughout the year, some offer berries that provide a valuable food source throughout the colder months. Virburnum tinus is an attractive shrub with dark, glossy leaves. it bears highly scented flowers from late winter through to spring. The berries come after the flowers so don’t dead head […]

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Healthy Growth

Often more than not your choice of shrubs will be performing as you expected them to but from time to time your garden may experience bouts of illness. A result of a Parasite, a Fungal Infection or a Virus.  It can often is exarcerbated by humidity and wet weather. Rot can set in if roots […]

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Easy Maintenance Shrubs

An ideal method of planting would be to incorporate those flowering, providing foliage in your garden and needing no care at all. Right? Of course, only if you like them! With careful planting, you can achieve an amass of colour throughout most of the year with little pruning and no special time to do it. […]

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Interesting Hedging.

Hedging has often been used as a method to mark a boundary. Seemingly uninteresting and purely fit for purpose. In recent times, a more unorthodox approach has been taken to offer colour, foliage interest and if encouraging wildlife at the same time even better. Crataegus (Hawthorn), often found in the countryside, is fairly common as […]

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Colder conditions

Certain plants in the coming months will require more protection. If in a container moved to a coveted position. If underground, dug up and moved for storage. Measures taken to protect from frost bitten winds and additional insulation. Dahlia’s more commonly but Lilies too should be taken up and moved into storage. It will protect […]

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Springtime colour

September/October is the ideal time to plant bulbs in preparation for Spring. Spring colour includes your Daffodils, Snowdrops and Crocuses, your Summer bulbs like Dahlias, Lillies, Red Hot Pokers and Crocosmia need planting in Spring or dividing to rejuvenate the plant. Tuberous or rhizome rooted plants (Begonia’s or Irises) too moved or divided at the […]

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Winter Colour

There are specimens with special characteristics that will provide you with interesting flowers, foliage and colour in the warmer months. In the colder seasons they do not cease to entertain and will give a striking winter display too. Rubus cockburnianus (White stemmed bramble) provides foliage and flowers in summer, white stems in winter. Wonderful as […]

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