When to Plant Bluebells

bluebell

One of the UK’s most well-loved wildflowers. Native to English woodlands, bluebells are one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden, and will delight you for many years to come. To fill your garden with these dainty, little blooms, keep reading and discover how and when to plant bluebells.

English bluebells

When do you plant bluebell bulbs?

The perfect time to plant bluebell bulbs is in the early autumn (September/October time). Plant bulbs at least 10cm deep and 10cm apart, and make sure that the pointed end is facing upwards.

Easy Garden Ideas

Garden with tulips

Looking for some simple ways to spruce up your garden? You can create a gorgeous and functional outdoor space without putting in a ton of hard work. Check out our easy garden ideas to provide you with a wealth of inspiration and enjoy your garden to the fullest.

1. Bring life to those dark, shaded spots

Snowdrops

Filling those dark, damp areas in the garden can be a huge struggle. An easy fix is to plant woodland bulbs like Snowdrops and Anemones. These amazing plants are used to surviving in dark, damp locations.

2. Attract wildlife with these simple hacks

Bird bath

Helping your local wildlife out in little ways is so easy and rewarding. To attract birds, place a birdbath in the garden or hang a seed feeder on a garden wall or in a tree/shrub. Also, by putting out fresh feed and water out at least once a week, you will certainly have many local feathered visitors.

3. Grow flowers all season with lasagne planting

Tulips and Muscari flowers

The perfect low maintenance solution to planning a garden display. For a spring garden filled with flowers, layer flower bulbs in pots to grow strikingly colourful displays with very little effort!

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Where to Plant Roses in the Garden

climbing roses

A truly classic English beauty. With beautiful scents and long-flowering blooms, Roses are a treasure in the summer garden. Since autumn is the ideal season to plant Roses (bare root or potted), keep reading to discover where to plant Roses in the garden with our handy gardening guide.

Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses are the perfect compact plants for adding fragrance and colour to patio pots and containers. Place the pots near doorways so you can enjoy their aromatic scent!

Cascading Roses

This cascading, dwarf variety is perfect for adding an elegant, trailing effect to the front of a border or in raised patio pots.

Climbing Roses

Fast growing and vigorous, climbing roses are perfect for training on arches, fences, pillars and walls. Great for adding colour to any bare space in the garden.

Floribunda Roses

Boasting clusters of gorgeous blooms, the compact, upright nature of these shrubs makes them perfect for beds, borders, or a flowering hedge.

Hedge/Shrub Roses

Transform the border of your home with colourful Rose hedging. Plant where you can enjoy their strong, beautiful fragrance such as along walkways, doorways or around a patio.

Hybrid Tea Roses

These hybrid Roses are unmatched for their flowering time and huge blooms. The perfect Rose for beds, borders or containers. They also make stunning cut flowers too!

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When to Plant Tulips

tulip garden

The pinnacle of Spring! These popular spring flowers have been loved for centuries due to their bright colours and attractive patterns, as well as their versatility and long-flowering abilities. Since bulb planting season kicks off at the end of September, learn when to plant tulips bulbs and grow a beautiful garden filled with delightful tulip flowers.

Keep reading our easy gardening guide to discover when, where and how to plant tulip bulbs.

tulip bulb

When do you plant tulip bulbs?

The perfect time to plant tulip bulbs is in the autumn. They can be planted from September to December. Remember that the later you plant them, the later they’ll flower!

tulips in garden

Where can you plant Tulips?

These easy to grow blooms grow in any kind of well draining soil. For small spaces, plant tulips in containers or patio pots. For larger spaces, plant them in groups of 10-15 bulbs in beds and borders.

Parrot tulip

How do you plant Tulip bulbs?

Plant bulbs about 8-10cm deep and approx 15cm apart. To give your bulbs a boost, use a little bonemeal or super phosphate mixed in with the soil. For happy plants, position your tulips in full sun.

NHS Green Garden Giveaway

To thank all of our amazing NHS staff, who have been working tirelessly this year in the fight against coronavirus, we want to give something back. All throughout September, we’re hosting our NHS Green Garden Giveaway!

We want you to nominate your local NHS hospital and we will donate £50 worth of plants/bulbs to 3 hospitals to help add a dose of natural beauty to staff and patient gardens.

We also want you to nominate a NHS worker friend/family member and we will give 3 NHS workers a £30 voucher to spend in our online shop!

Here’s how to join in:

  • Nominate your local hospital (please include name and address)
  • Nominate an NHS worker family member or friend
  • Share your nominations in a post on social media or email your entries

HOW TO SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS:

To enter our NHS Green Garden Giveaway, send your nominations via our social media channels:

FACEBOOK – Nominate your local hospital & NHS worker.

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Or EMAIL us at [email protected] (Images must be under 5mb – please include the hospital name and address)

SEND IN YOUR ENTRIES BY SEP 30TH 2020

Terms and Conditions:

  • Send your nominations to us by email at [email protected] or share them with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
  • All NHS Green Garden nominations must be sent in before midnight on September 30th 2020.
  • In entering the competition, you agree to allow us to use your image entries in further promotions, on social media.
  • Entrants agree that their names may or may not be published with their entry. No other details will be shared with any third parties.
  • The winning entries will be chosen at random as to not show any bias.

What to do in the Garden in September

September has arrived and the evenings are starting to get darker and cooler, so what can you do in the garden this month? From planting bulbs to harvesting tasty produce, here are our top activities to look forward to in the garden this September.

Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals

Collecting and sowing seeds from your perennials and hardy annuals is a great and inexpensive way to multiply the number of plants in your garden. As soon as the seedheads ripen it is best to collect them on a dry day. This must be before they open, indicated by a colour change from green to brown, black or red.

Pick Autumn raspberries

Autumn-fruiting raspberries are a great variety that fruit between August and October. What makes them so great is their simple pruning process, which is why they’re a great choice for beginners. You’ll know they’re ready for harvesting when they come off the plant with a gentle tug.

Divide perennials

Divide perennials to maintain healthy growth and grow even more plants. Simply lift them out with a garden fork, pull the plant apart gently, and then replant the new clumps.

Plant shrubs and trees

Autumn is a great time to plant evergreen shrubs and trees, whilst the soil is still moist and warm and the plants can get used to their new position before winter hits.

Start harvesting apples

With crops reaching their peak in September, early harvest apples will become ready for picking. Simply pick an apple, give the stem a twist, and if the stem comes away easily, it’s ready for eating!

Snip flowers and foliage

Late summer blooms will still be looking luscious, and are perfect for adding colour into the home. Cut Dahlia, Aster, and Crocosmia flowers and pair alongside Pyracantha berries for a beautiful display!

Dig up remaining potatoes

Now is prime time to start digging up your remaining potatoes before the real problems start. Slug damage is detrimental when it comes to potatoes so make sure you have enough roasties for Sunday dinner and dig them up now.

Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting

Bird-proof netting is a great way to ensure that your hard work stays protected whilst you’re not looking! But that’s not all, this netting can be used to prevent your soil and plants from overheating, and protect crops from adverse weather too.

Get ready for bulb planting

The end of September celebrates the start of bulb planting season, so order your early spring flowering favourites that you can begin planting in September.

How to Train Climbers

Clematis Mr President
Clematis The President

Climbers are magical plants. They can be used to quickly transform a bare fence or wall into a stunning, foliage or floral display. When buying young plants, they need careful training to ensure they grow into happy and healthy established plants. If you’re looking to grow amazing Ivy or maybe a colourful Clematis, keep reading to discover how to properly train climbers and grow the garden of your dreams.

Clematis Apple Blossom

Start with Supports

Plant supports in the desired area prior to planting. Always fix your supports approx 5cm away from the desired surface (wall or fence).

Support ideas:

  • Vertical wires: Space them 30-45cm apart with the lowest wire 30cm above soil level.
  • Wooden trellis: place the bottom 30cm above soil level to prevent plant rot.
Clematis Piilu

Training

To grow a climber or shrub to a wall/fence, horizontal wires are the best way to go. Keep reading to find out how to train your climber against a wall or fence.

How to Train Climbers:

  1. Planting

    Plant the climber around 30-45cm from the base of the wall/fence. This will allow enough room for room development.

  2. Remove ties

    Remove all ties provided upon delivery from the supplier. Use scissors to cut off any ties that hold the climber to its bamboo support cane.

  3. Start your support

    Select three bamboo canes to train the climber at an angle up to the wire supports on the wall. Place the bamboo canes under the wires to hold them in place, adjusting the positioning to create a fan shape. 

  4. Fix the supports

    Tie the main shoot vertically to the wires, then fan out the side branches and tie those down. 

  5. Give your plant some TLC

    Once the plant is secured to the training structure, give your climber an initial prune and remove any weak growth with secateurs.

Our bestselling climbers:

Clematis Aromatica
Honeysuckle American Beauty
Clematis Prince William

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What Bulbs to Plant in September

Easy to grow and extremely versatile, flower bulbs are a blessing for gardeners. With autumn-planting season just around the corner, discover what bulbs to plant in September and grow your very own spring garden paradise.

Daffodils

September is the perfect month for popping your Daffodil bulbs in the ground. These cheery, versatile flowers are easy to grow, bloom from March onwards and look great in pots, borders or naturalising in the grass. Perfect for any amateur and experienced gardener.

Daffodil ‘Golden Ducat
Daffodil and Narcissi Mixed

Crocus

Plant a carpet of jewel-like flowers for spring with Crocus bulbs. Easy to grow and perfect for naturalising under trees, shrubs and in lawns, fill your garden with these popular spring flowers. These delightful early spring flowers bloom from February into March.

Crocus Grand Maitre
Winter Crocus Species Mixed

Muscari

Compact plants that truly pack a punch. Easy to grow and bursting with vibrant colour, Muscari is the perfect plant for any garden. Flowering from March into April, plant them alone in pots and borders for a clustered look or pair them alongside Tulips and Daffodils to add a pop of colour to your spring displays.

Muscari Armeniacum
Muscari Cupido

Hyacinths

With rich colours and a heavenly fragrance, September is the perfect time to plant Hyacinths for March/April flowers. Plant them where you can enjoy their gorgeous scent: around walkways, in borders or on a patio.

Hyacinth Jan Bos
Hyacinth Miss Saigon

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How to Plant Muscari

Muscari with bee

Fragrant, wildlife-friendly and easy to grow, Muscari is the perfect spring flower for gardens of all sizes. Commonly known as Grape Hyacinths, these spring-flowering bulbs can be used to cover a lawn in pretty blooms, fill containers and borders with vibrant colour and add colour to any tricky, shaded spot. These highly versatile plants know no bounds, so keep reading to discover how to plant Muscari bulbs this autumn.

When do you plant Muscari?

Muscari bulbs

Our Muscari is supplied as top-quality bulbs. Plant Muscari bulbs in the autumn for spring flowers. You can plant them right up until the ground starts to freeze over. Once planted, they are great for naturalising for years of joy.

How do you plant Muscari?

Muscari pot

For containers:

Plant your bulbs around 10cm deep and space them approximately 8cm apart. The dimensions of the pot do not really matter as long as they are spaced correctly.

Plant in groups of 10 or more in the ground, and at a depth of twice the height of the bulb. They look great planted amongst other perennial plants.

Muscari and Tulips

In the ground:

Plant in groups of 10 or more in the ground, and at a depth of twice the height of the bulb. They look great planted amongst other perennial plants. 

How and When to Prune Lavender

Pruning Lavender

Loved for their decadent, aromatic fragrance, Lavender is one of the most versatile and beautiful summer-flowering plants. These fast-growing perennials require little upkeep and are very easy to grow. However, they do benefit from an annual prune as this will help maximise flowering and keep your plants looking nice and healthy.

Keep reading our gardening guide to discover exactly when and how to prune lavender.

When should I prune Lavender?

Bee on lavender

Late summer through to early autumn is the perfect time to trim your lavender plants. When the last flush of flowers has faded, that’s the signal to get out the secateurs and do some pruning.

How do I prune lavender?

Cutting lavender

Using secateurs or scissors, simply prune the plant stems down to about an inch above the wood. This cut will help with air circulation. Also, trim away any dead or damaged stems for a tidier look.

Here are even more reasons why pruning lavender is important

  • When left to their own devices, lavender can become woody and less productive over time.
  • If you want your lavender to flower along with other plants, prune their stems to delay their flowering time.
  • Expand their flowering time throughout the whole season.

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