Guaranteed Gladioli Summer Colour That Returns
Would you like a summer bedding plant that you do not have to renew year after year? Well by planting hybrid Gladiolus corms, you can attain mid to late summer colour year after year with only occasional renewal.
Sometimes called gladioli bulbs (more correctly gladioli corms), these South African members of the Iris family are ideal for colour impact. Most garden centres stock gladioli in whites, pinks, oranges, reds (best for impact), bicolour and the rare blue flowered...
Bulbs Planting In Autumn Ensures A Colourful Spring
In the spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Whereas in autumn a gardeners fancy turns to spring.
No sooner has autumn set in than we gardeners begin to think of spring and spring bulb planting. There is a wide selection of bulbs available for planting now and blooming in spring, the following is just a small selection those available
Allium (flowering garlic), Anemone (wind flower), Crocus, Cyclamen, Galanthus (Snowdrop), Hyacinth, Iris, Narcissus...
Hedging For Shade Discover Why Laurel Is A Great Choice
Sizes and uses
Prunus laurocerasus is commonly known as the Cherry laurel or English laurel. It is quite often confused with Laurus noblis (bay laurel or Grecian laurel), which is the victory laurel of ancient Greece.
A hardy evergreen shrub native to Asia and Europe, It is often planted as a large ground cover or under-planting beneath forest trees. I once did some work for Newtown house in Abbeyknockmoy (an old estate house with a forest attached) and witnessed first hand how large and...
Tip Top Trailing Plants For Containers
Introducing the top three trailing plants for containers this season.
- Bidens ferulifolia
Within your containers, consider planting Bidens ferulifolia commonly known as the Tickseed or Apache beggar tick.
Gardeners who require trailing colour for containers or hanging baskets often opt for this native of North America and Mexico. Tickseed stems are quite slender, these fine stems can be expected to trail and sprawl vigorously to around 60cm (24 inches) from a container. The healthy green...
Everybody Can Garden With Containers
Container gardening is fantastic. On its own, a terracotta pot is just a container and summer bedding is just some plants. However, selectively plant the summer bedding in the container, add a few sprinkles of green-fingered expertise and you have created a miniature garden-scape. You are effectively planting a garden in miniature. This is known to some people as container design planting. The constructive planting of containers allows people who may just have a balcony to enjoy a taste of...
How To Keep Your Plants In Bloom With Dead Heading
Off with her head the queen shouted at Alice in the Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now Im not sure if Lewis had an interest in gardening but he could well have been giving us some horticultural instruction which will give us a longer flowering season. There is a technique known as dead-heading, it is a simple task which takes a few minutes however adds days and sometimes weeks to your flowering display.
How to dead-head
If youve never dead-headed before heres how go...
Seeding Your Lawn Laid Bare
Ive never laid carpet, tiles or lino but there is one floor I do know how to lay and that is the carpeting for the outdoor room. I speak of course of the most popular garden ground-cover the lawn.
Prepare before you sow
The best time to sow grass seed is between early April and early September, however you must firstly carry out some preparation. Ideally sometime between March and August you must burn off any unwanted growth. Achieve this by spraying all weedy soil areas on a dry day with...
Autumn Lawn Care Tasks With Tips
Summer officially gives way to autumn on the 22nd of September, which is known as the autumnal equinox, but for the lawn owner autumn begins much earlier. This is because the green keeping tasks for autumn begin from the 1st day of September.
Your first task is to make changes to your mowing method, I would suggest raising the height of cut by 1cm above your summer mowing height which will give you an ultimate mowing height of 3cm (1 Ό inches). The reason why you raise the cut to this height...
Leylandii Pruning The Law And You
Who of you out there has a fast growing Leylandii hedge (golden or green)? Maybe you call it by its Latin name x Cupressocyparis Leylandii or maybe you call it that damned high maintenance, sunlight blocking hedging. Please try not to be so hard on this conifer, as evergreen hedges with thick foliage such as Leylandii, can filter out up to 30% of atmospheric pollution. Now, I have called it a hedge but maybe I should have called it a line of trees, because your Leylandii is in fact a tree...
Japanese Maples The Dwarf Acers
I have been known to rant on about how people should try to include more native plants within their garden. However, I would never dissuade someone from including a Japanese maple within his or her garden; on the contrary, I would heartily recommend it.
History and colour
The image of a Japanese maple in full leaf brings to my mind images of oriental calmness, still water and moss covered mountains. This elegant plant is a distinct part of the culture and consciousness of its native Japan...