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Plant of the week - Clematis Montana

One of the most useful varieties of climbing plants - very vigourous and colourful, producing flowers for much of the Spring and Summer.  Montana is also very versatile, and not fussy about where it grows - around tree trunks, over a shed, fence or hedge or up a wall!  A very attractive and useful climbing plant.

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Japanese Cherries

It's cherry blossom time as Japanese cherries across the country burst into spectacular bloom.

It's well worth tracking down some of these spectacularly beautiful small trees for your own garden. You'll find a good selection available at your favourite garden centre: here are a few of the best:

  • 'Amanogawa' is a very upright tree reaching about 4.5m tall, in spring turning into an eyecatching column of fragrant, soft pink flowers.
  • 'Kanzan...
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Kids Gardening

Get out gardening with the kids this week as the sun is (at last!) shining and there's no better time to be outside getting your hands and knees well and truly muddy.

Have a go at these fun activities at home too:

  • Sowing seeds is always popular. Larger seeds like courgettes, cosmos and marigolds are easier for little fingers to handle.
  • Hold a sunflower-growing competition! Choose tall varieties like 'Russian Giant' and plant seeds straig...
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Five easy veg

When you're starting out with your new veg garden and trying to decide what to grow first, the sheer variety of vegetables that opens up to you when you grow your own can be bewildering. You'll find so many different types in our garden centre, from artichokes to zucchini, not to mention the mouthwatering selection of varieties of each, that it's hard to know where to begin.

But there are some veg you shouldn't be without: the tried-and- tested, easy-to-grow...

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Plant of the week - Azalea

Simply Stunning! 

These amazing shrubs have some of the most wonderful colours and make an impact in the garden that is matched by few others. As 'acid loving' plants, they don't do quite so well if you have chalky soil - BUT they work superbly in pots and containers, as well as borders and beds.

Come and see our wonderful selection!

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What to do in the garden in April

This is one of the best and busiest times of the year, when it finally starts to get warmer and all the seeds seem to need sowing at once. Here's what you need to be getting on with in the garden this month:

General tasks:

  • Tackle bindweed as soon as it appears, training it up a cane before spraying with glyphosate-based weedkiller
  • Put slug defences in place: slug pubs, wildlife-friendly...
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Bring orchids back into growth

Bring orchids back into growth following their rest period in winter, to encourage them to start putting out fresh leaves and flower spikes for the new year.

Tropical indoor orchids such as moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) and Cymbidium need a quiet time over winter to gather their reserves for the season to come. Move them to a cool but frost-free place and reduce water and feeding to a minimum.

Now though it's time to return watering back to normal, makin...

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Train climbing roses as they start to grow

Train climbing roses as they start to grow, so you end up with a lovely even screen of foliage and flowers across your wall.

Roses flower most prolifically when their stems are held horizontal, as that encourages them to send out lots of smaller flower-bearing sideshoots. So aim for a series of branches arching out on each side from the main stem, tied in to their supports at regular intervals up the wall.

If you're growing your roses up a pillar or ob...

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April's plant of the month is the lavender

April's plant of the month is the lavender, one of the best-known and best-loved of all the herbs. It's got it all: fragrant, well-behaved, and versatile enough to grow in borders, as a hedge or to edge a path in a romantic cottage garden. The beautifully scented violet-blue flowers, adored by bees, can be dried for pot pourris and scented lavender bags, or baked into fragrant cookies.

Most varieties grow to about 75cm tall, making bushy, evergreen shrubs wit...

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! The biggest gardening weekend of the year is almost upon us, with an extra two whole days to unwrap the garden from its winter slumbers and spruce it up ready for the year ahead.

Here are our top five ideas for enjoying your garden this Bank Holiday weekend – and long afterwards, too.

  • Sow a mini veg garden: you'll find ready-made raised bed kits from your favourite garden centre which slot together in minutes and fi...
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