How to Guides

  1. How to Divide Hardy Perennial Plants

    Most perennial plants benefit from being divided every two or three years. Get started by loosening the roots with a garden fork. Gently work the plants out of the ground and shake off excess soil. Perennials form different types of root. Heuchera and Hosta for example are fibrous and pull apart with a little gentle tension. Hemerocallis Read more...
  2. How to lift and divide snowdrops

      Now is the time to think about lifting and dividing those overcrowded clumps of snowdrops as it is always best to do so as the foliage is just starting to die back. If you can, remove any spent flowers or seed pods to give the bulbs the best chance of developing and flowering the following year. Use a fork and dig deep underneath Read more...
  3. How to choose bulbs by colour

    We know there’s a mind-boggling array of bulbs and plants available on our website. It’s what we’re famous for! To make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, we’ve added filters to our category pages so you can go straight to the products you are after. In this simple “how to” guide, we show Read more...
  4. How to force flowers from bulbs

    With a little knowledge and effort, we can cheat nature and bring some much needed spring colour into our homes in the depths of winter. Forcing bulbs is easy! You will need: A selection of containers such as bowls, jam jars or small plant pots. A selection of spring bulbs - we like to use crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils (especially miniature ones Read more...
  5. How to attract bees and other pollinators to your garden

    As we've all seen in the news, bees are under threat from a loss of habitat and certain pesticides. We can help to reverse their decline by planting their favourite plants in our gardens. According to a study by Sussex University the best plants can attract up to 100 times as many insects as the worst ones. Choose carefully and you can have a Read more...
  6. How to propagate dahlias

    Dahlias will grow in most soil types but are best planted in fertile, well-drained soil. Plant them outside from the end of April after the chance of frost has gone. Ensure they are in a spot that receives full sun and plant around 15cm deep adding well-rotted organic matter.


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