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Plant of the week - New Guinea Imps

Beautiful, versatile and available in a variety of different colours, 'New Guinea Imps' are available now and add extra height to a bedding scheme compared with traditional Busy Lizzes - but are still as versatile in tubs, pots, baskets (perhaps as the centrepiece) and anywhere else there is a hole in the garden!

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Coppice eucalyptus trees

Coppice eucalyptus trees to keep them at a manageable size, turning them from trees into willowy, graceful shrubs that sit beautifully among other plants.

There are dozens of varieties of eucalyptus, some with multicoloured or peeling bark, others with silvery evergreen and fragrant foliage. You'll find a good selection in your favourite garden centre. However if left to their own devices most make sizeable trees, far too big for all but the largest gardens.<<span class=more>...

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Square foot vegetable gardening

Short of space in the garden? Then this is the technique for you. All you need is a single raised bed to enjoy a wide variety of fruit and veg all year round. Here's how:

Build your raised bed: a raised bed: 1.2m x 1.2m gives you 16 squares – and with one type of veg in each, that's quite a range of home-grown produce to pick. Ready-made raised beds, available from your favourite garden centre, click t...

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Lily Beetles

Look out for lily beetles as they can be a real menace at this time of year. They attack not only oriental and asiatic lilies, but also members of the same family including fritillaries and the spectacular Cardiocrinum, which grows to a massive 2m in height and is a real head-turner in the late summer garden.

The adult beetles are very pretty, in brilliant scarlet with a jet-black head and legs. But their grubs are among the ugliest in the garden: found in th...

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Plant of the week - Osteospernum

'Osteos' are such good value for money.  They are perennials, meaning they go from one year to next (in normal circumstances), and get bigger each time!  

The flowers open and close with the sun, creating a stunning display - and the plants come in several different colours, with white, oranges, yellows and purples being among the most popular.  Come and have a look at our beautiful selection!

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Daffodils

Lift and divide daffodil clumps just after they've finished flowering, to prevent them getting too overcrowded. Left to themselves, bulbs multiply to the point where they've no longer got the room or resources to flower, resulting in 'blind' clumps which fail to flower, so keep an eye on your daffs and if any are showing signs of feeble or non-existent flowering it's time to sort them out.

Using a garden fork to avoid damaging the bulbs, lift the whole clump...

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A container vegetable garden

A container vegetable garden

You may be short of outdoor space, but that doesn't mean you have to do without home-grown vegetables. There are lots of veg which do brilliantly in containers, whether windowboxes, grow bags, pretty terracotta pots or just tin cans nailed to a fence.

Growing in containers has many advantages: perfect soil, easy planting and your crops are kept well out of reach of slugs. These days, there are lots of innovative new ideas a...

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May's plant of the month is the petunia

May's plant of the month is the petunia, a much-loved regular in bedding displays, containers and hanging baskets across the country.

There can be few flowers with such a dazzling range of colours to choose from: everything from deepest purple to brilliant yellow, white, pink, striped and bicoloured. As well as single petunias you can find blowsy double-flowered types, and varieties with prettily ruffled petals.

Large-flowered grandiflora types and the...

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Plant of the week - Petunia

The Petunia is one of the most beautiful - and most versatile - of all the summer bedding plants.

They come in many different colours, and can be used just about anywhere in the garden. For a flowery border, to on the patio in pots and containers, or perhaps a lovely welcoming display at the front door, and as there are also trailing varieties they are outstanding in hanging baskets!

If you pick off the flowers as they finish, this will encourage more...

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What to do in the garden in May

What to do in the garden in May:

This is such a wonderful time of year, when there's warmth in the air and in the soil and the garden is just hinting at summer finery. Keep it looking its best with these jobs to be getting on with this month:

General tasks:

  • Start mowing the lawn setting your blade to a higher setting to begin with, then lowering it as the season goes on.
  • Stay alert for pests, especially aphids and lily beetles whi...
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