Top Tips

  1. Top 10 perennial tulips

    Following the excellent article by Val Bourne in The Telegraph entitled Top tulip tips from Great Dixter, we've recreated their Top 10 Perennial Tulips list for a garden full of tulips to enjoy year after year. Tulip Bleu Aimable Tulip Negrita Tulip Shirley Tulip Ballerina Tulip Daydream Tulip Apeldoorn Tulip Purissima (White Emperor Read more...
  2. Which bulbs do I plant when?

    Knowing when to buy bulbs of different kinds can seem like a tricky task, especially if you’re new to gardening. Bulbs are very rewarding and planting bulbs at the correct time will save you money and time. Spring flowering bulbs: Bulbs like crocus, iris, tulips, daffodils & narcissi, hyacinths, alliums, camassia, anemone, fritillaria, Read more...
  3. Top tips for February gardening

    Do start off dahlia cuttings: if you want to take cuttings, it's time to get your tubers sprouting! Start them off as soon as you receive them by placing them in large pots or deep trays with a generous helping of a general purpose compost. Partly fill your container to half cover the tuber and water - without allowing the water inside the tuber. Read more...
  4. Top tips for April gardening

    Prepare the soil for the growing season ahead by digging in plenty of well rotted manure or compost. You can also add a general fertiliser like blood, fish and bone. Tidy and cut back any old dead foliage from perennial plants to encourage new growth. Lift and divide any large clumps of perennial plants to improve their vigour and continue to Read more...
  5. Why should you plant bulbs in the green?

    Many experts believe that planting snowdrops, aconites and bluebells in-the-green (in their growth phase) provides for the fastest and most successful way of introducing these lovely spring flowers to your garden. We have chosen these commercially grown garden favourites to fill any gaps you might have in your planting scheme. Plant them on receipt Read more...
  6. Top tips for beautiful spring bulb combinations

    How is it that some people's spring gardens look so, well, put together? We'll let you in to a poorly kept secret: it's a question of careful combining! We've put our heads together and come up with a gorgeous selection of fantastic spring combinations. They'll work brilliantly in your borders or, for even more impact, planted in pots.Tulip Read more...
  7. Top tips for September gardening

    Keep dead heading summer perennials like helenium, echinacea, and penstemon to prolong their flowering through to the end of the month. Divide hardy perennials that have become too large from the end of September. Plant prepared hyacinths now for Christmas flowering. Add organic matter to improve clay soil before winter. Dispose of any Read more...
  8. Top tips for planting bulbs

    Spring flowering bulbs should be planted in the autumn. To help you in your gardening efforts we’ve put our heads together and come up with our Top 10 Bulb Planting Hints and Tips. Do let us know if you have any you’d like us to add to the list! Prepare your soil by adding garden compost and, in heavy soils, horticultural grit and sand Read more...
  9. Dos and don'ts for your February garden

    Do start off dahlia cuttings: If you want to take cuttings it's time to get your tubers sprouting! Start them off as soon as you receive them by placing them in large pots or deep trays with a generous helping of a general purpose compost. Partly fill your container to half cover the tuber and water (without allowing the water inside the Read more...
  10. How to clear snails and slugs from your garden

    Did you know that one in five of Britain’s gardeners admitted to dropping their snails over the fence? How naughty! And it doesn't work either. They just crawl their way back. However, a study in the Physica Scripta journal shows that if the snail is moved by a much greater distance, of around 20 metres, it no longer returns. It seems that at this distance, the snail’s homing instinct is nullified. We decided to try it out and had a bit of fun re-housing our snails in nearby parkland.

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