The growth of apples
Apples grow best in nutrient-rich, free-draining soils which must be slightly acidic. Apple trees are supplied in standard (full-size), half-standard, cordon and bush form. The cordon is ideal for a small garden, also because cordons can yield fruit as early as the third year. The size and speed of growth is determined by the rootstock onto which the tree is grafted. For example, for slightly larger trees the M9 rootstock is ideal because apple varieties on that give a substantial harvest, whilst the trees do not grow too large. There are early, intermediate and late flowering varieties and the harvest times can also vary considerably.
Perfect hedges (to frame your garden!)
Nothing completes a fabulous painting better than a complementary border or frame - the same goes for your garden. Put the finishing touch to your masterpiece by growing the right kind of hedge around it! Hedges also have great potential within the garden. The French renaissance style of ‘potager’ is experiencing a revival in garden design. Could you create a beautiful kitchen garden delineated into compartments with a decorative hedging pattern?
No-Dig Gardening: An Easier Way to Grow
Bulbs in pots for instant garden happiness
Well, what do you know! The first signs of spring are already popping up - all around, flower bulbs are beginning to grow. Do you also want to enjoy the splendour, even though you haven't planted any bulbs in autumn? No problem! Bulbs in pots bring instant joy into your garden. With a minimal amount of work and time, turn your garden into a cheerful and happy place and spruce up your spirits now that the long and dark days are leaving!
When I think of the word ‘Erica’ a few things come to mind – who could forget Erica Roe, the Twickenham streaker, Lou Bega’s Mambo No5 with ‘a little bit of Erica by his side’ and finally the under-sung Erica plant with its fabulous winter flowers (known popularly as heath or heather).
Pyracantha & Cotoneaster: Bright and beautiful
Remember, remember the 5th of November? It’s bonfire and fireworks all round and explosions of colour lighting up the skies. For those of us who like our colour explosions without the bang – this month’s plant choices are for you. Pyracantha and Cotoneaster are not only bright and beautiful; they are useful too, providing an excellent source of food and shelter for the wildlife in your garden and a significant source of nectar when the bees have slim pickings in the June Gap. The magnificent fiery orange and ruby red berries are set on a backdrop of dark, evergreen, glossy foliage that can brighten up the gloomiest November day or sparkle in the winter sunshine!
This is the month to add colour and texture to the newly ‘naked’ garden with these colourful conifer choices. This month we are focusing on varieties of Juniperus, Each is compact and easily managed, guaranteed to surprise with their colour effects and all are tough. Conifers like these really will look after themselves and bring beauty in every season.
As the colder months approach, now's the time to start thinking about bringing some of your outdoor plants inside for the winter. Whilst outdoor greenhouses aren't always the most attractive things, we've found some simple ways to style indoor greenhouses into your home decor.
Garden maintenance in november
Plant beeches Beeches are best planted and replanted when the leaves have gone golden yellow. That is when the chance of good development is greatest. It is crucial for that development that a particular soil fungus is attached to the roots. So make sure that you buy beeches when they are still (entrenched) in the soil. That offers the greatest likelihood that the roots are in good condition (and that fungus is present)
Physalis - Seductive lanterns
Physalis alkekengi is mainly known as the lantern plant. It is a perennial and a member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae). The name Physalis means bladder-shaped, which refers to the lantern-shaped chalice containing a berry. The actual flowers are white and pretty insignificant, but the orange lanterns are irresistible!
The nights are creeping in and the shorter days mean less time in the garden – but with some clever planting the winter garden doesn’t need to be dreary. Our November plant choice, the Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) can light up your garden with a burst of winter white blooms! So, you can still enjoy the garden, even if it’s just through the window.
Planting a hedge
Planting a hedge is an investment that will bring years of benefit and autumn is one of the best times for planting shrubs and trees. Even though containers offer convenience and the possibility of year-round gardening, autumn is still nature’s time. The soil conditions tend to be right for establishing new plants and the slowed growth rates of most plants result in them being in optimum condition for being moved. It’s also a great time for starting a new project, like establishing a hedge. The glories of the summer garden are past now and you can move about without disturbing beautiful displays.
Colour your life in October
Autumn colours are slowly starting to dominate, and the garden is preparing for the winter. Now is natures best time for planting – so perfect for putting in new plants or trees. Do you have you a suitable spot for winter-flowering plants that you can see clearly from the house? Then how about something like a witch hazel or a flowering cherry. And if you have a balcony instead of a garden, winter jasmine is ideal. Place the bush in a spacious pot or tub and give it some support - it will do the rest.
Pot Mum, plant of the month of October
The plant of the month for October is the Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum), a delightfully autumnal plant symbolising happiness and affection. The beautiful Pot Mum has flowers in abundance that suit all tastes and styles. The Pot Mum offers everything from small to large flowers with coloured hearts or double rows of bristly or smooth petals in red, white, purple, green, orange, pink and yellow or a colour combination, meaning there is always a Pot Mum suitable for every taste and occasion.
Autumn flowers: Scabiosa, Callicarpa and Skimmia
We spotlight each season on appealing seasonal products. This fall Scabiosa, Callicarpa and Skimmia take centre stage.
Garden Plant of the Month for September: Cushion Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums are often thought of as cut flowers, but there is also a wide range of other chrysanthemums. In autumn in particular the range features cushion chrysanthemums, which flower when the days are short. The plant responds to the short days by creating buds. They’re branched, bushy plants in many different colours and flower shapes. Cushion chrysanthemums are very suitable for use outdoors in the garden or on the balcony, patio, garden paths or by the front door. The plants flower so profusely that the foliage is completely hidden. The attractive floral domes provide weeks of pleasure, which is why they’re deservedly the Garden Plant of the Month for September!