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Keeping Hedges In Shape

  • Published on: 11 September 2019
  • By: Office Department

Whether you just have a hedge on one side of your garden or, a garden with laurel hedges on all sides, they will need to be pruned to retain their shape and density.

August is an excellent month to cut hedges, once their nitrogen fuelled spring surge of growth is dissipating. After shearing, the remaining nitrogen will encourage side shoots, so thickening the hedge.

Regular cutting will also mean that you are pruning soft growth rather than wood, which is harder work and will leave a unattractive structure of bereft of leaves.

The Most Beautiful Clematis

  • Published on: 11 September 2019
  • By: Office Department

The beauty of one particular Clematis has enchanted David Hall for many years, Clematis sieboldii or “Florida Bi-Colour” is his queen of the climbers and here he explains why it captivated him.

There are keen gardeners who like to cultivate many different variants of the same species, rose growers are an obvious example, but much as I love all clematis, there's only one that captured my imagination long ago and it is still the only one for me even now.

Lavatera Olbia Rosea - Put Some Colour In!

  • Published on: 11 September 2019
  • By: Office Department

Container grown shrubs can be planted throughout most of the year. The choice is huge and Lavatera is a particular favourite.

When summer is here, the days are long, and contrary to some people's beliefs it is still a good time for planting container grown shrubs. And there are none better than Lavatera Olbia Rosea. It produces masses of flowers from July to September, or when finally cut down by the first severe frost. This plant was introduced into Britain from its native western Mediterranean homeland and is commonly known as the tree mallow.

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