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Do you find watering the summer garden time consuming? With British summers getting hotter and drier, drought tolerant plants are the answer to growing a beautiful garden that can withstand the summer heat.
Check out our favourite drought tolerant plants that will best adapt to the prolonged dry season.
Native to South Africa, these hardy perennials are perfect for tackling the summer heat. Incredibly drought tolerant and loved by bees and butterflies, Agapanthus plants are a summer garden must-have.
Beautiful and fragrant, Roses are a staple of the British summer garden. From climbing to compact varieties, Roses can be grown to fill pots, create hedging or climb walls and fences; the possibilities are endless!
Many of our Roses are supplied in bare root form, and those unfamiliar with bare root Roses can be taken aback when first encountering them. To make your gardening jobs easier, we’ve created this essential guide to planting bare root Roses, and what time of year to do so.
What is a bare root Rose?
Sourced from the best growers, our selection of Bare root Roses are supplied dormant without foliage or flowers and without soil or pot.
When do you plant bare root Roses?
Late autumn, late winter and early spring are the best times for planting bare rootRoses. These times allow the Rose to establish in the ground before their growth resumes in the spring season.
Tip: Avoid planting bare root Roses in the late winter when the ground is frozen.
How do you plant bare root Roses?
Learn how to grow beautiful summer Roses with our step by step planting guide:
Roses love growing in full sun, but most will thrive and bloom happily with four hours or more of good sun daily.
Make sure that the hole is wide enough for the roots to comfortably spread out and deep enough so that the graft point will be about an inch below soil level.
Add some well-rotted manure/compost to the bottom of the hole and add fertiliser of your choice.
Place the bare root Rose into the hole and firm it in (make sure that graft is at soil level).
Keep on top of watering
Water well after planting, and then water at least once a week after growth commences.
Trim or remove any thin, weak stems that can effect the Rose’s growth.
If you’re looking to grow a garden filled with beauty, you can never go wrong with Hydrangeas. Long-flowering and easy to grow, these billowy blooms come in an assortment of colours, shapes and sizes, making them perfect for any garden.
Keep reading to discover which Hydrangeas are perfect for your garden with our Hydrangea garden guide.
Hydrangeas for compact gardens:
A small space doesn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful Hydrangeas. Whether you have a small town garden or just a balcony to work with, there are many prolific blooming Hydrangeas for the tightest of spaces.
One of our favourite compact varieties is Hydrangea paniculata ‘Confetti‘; a gorgeous white flowering shrub with sweet scented flowers that look spectacular in pots on the patio, terrace or balcony. Looking for some bold colour? Our Hydrangea ‘Blue Boogie Woogie’ blooms with showstopping vibrant blue flowers, and make a great display in patio pots. They also make stunning cut flowers too!
Hydrangeas for large gardens:
Need to create a privacy screen or cover unsightly bare fences? Our Paniculata Hydrangeas and climbing Hydrangeas are the perfect choice.
Award-winning, pollinator-friendly and fast growing, our Hydrangea petiolaris does it all. This climbing Hydrangea showcases classic white flowers and is the perfect shrub for growing up walls, fences or around pergolas. If you’re looking for a touch of elegance, our colour-changing Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla Fraise‘ produces white/raspberry pink cone-shaped flowers that transform to a red shade in the autumn.
Hydrangeas for sunny spots:
If you're looking for a Hydrangea that can handle the heat, Hydrangea Paniculata shrubs can soak up the sun all day and they are the hardiest type of Hydrangeas on the market.
Renowned for it’s reliable performance, Hydrangea ‘Limelight’is a champion in the summer sun and produces gorgeous cone-shaped flowers in a stunning lime-green shade. Perfect for sunny spots in the border or in patio pots.
Hydrangeas for shaded spots:
While most varieties grow beautifully in partial shade, here are our favourite Hydrangeas for brightening up those dull shaded spots in the garden.
Hydrangea macrophyllas, commonly known as ‘Big Leaf Hydrangeas‘ are ideal for shady spots. Our Hydrangea ‘Lady in Red’ is adored for it’s pink, lace-cap flowers and dense foliage, and makes a stunning addition to a shaded border. If you’re looking for something for pots, our Hydrangea ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is the one for you. Boasting velvety purple flowers in large clusters, ‘Music Deep Purple Dance’ is ideal for adding rich colour to pots and containers.
Easy to grow and versatile,Alliums (otherwise known as Ornamental Onions) have become a popular plant for modern gardens. Available in an assortment of shades and sizes, these versatile plants are perfect for any garden, big or small.
To grow these eye-catching blooms for the late Spring/early Summer garden, Allium bulbs should be planted in early Autumn (September-October).
How to Plant Allium bulbs
Pick your location
Alliums thrive in sheltered areas that receive full sun. They do not like to be exposed fully to the elements. Depending on the height of the allium, tall alliums look great at the back of a border and small varieties are well-suited for containers.
Alliums will grow perfectly well in a well-drained soil. They hate waterlogged soil.
Planting in the ground
Plant the bulbs at a depth of roughly 3-4 times the size of the bulb. Space larger bulbs approx. 15cm apart but smaller bulbs can be spaced about 10cm apart.
Planting in pots/containers
Deep pots are most suitable for Alliums. Simply use a multi-purpose compost in a pot with adequate drainage, and water well.
Tip – Broken pots or stones placed in the bottom of the pot will help improve drainage.
Common Allium questions:
When should I feed Alliums?
Feed your Alliums in the spring with a potash-rich fertiliser.
How long do Alliums flower for?
Alliums usually flower for around 3-4 weeks.
What do I do with Alliums after they flower?
After the foliage dies down, you can cut the plants down to the ground and leave them or divide them.
Tip: Leave Allium seed heads after they’ve finished flowering for the garden birds to enjoy!
Growing a sensory garden is simple way to create a space that’s not only amazing to look at, but great for mental well being. In our blog post, we’ll share what a sensory garden is and which plants we recommend to start off your very own sensory garden.
What is a sensory garden?
Sensory gardens should be filled with plants that activate all our senses; touch, smell, sound, sight and taste. To create a sensory space, focus on:
Transform any garden with the beauty of hanging baskets. Incredibly versatile and easy to maintain, hanging baskets add long-lasting colour, height and interest to patios, doorways and balconies; the perfect accessory in the summer garden!
To add a pop of colour to your garden with the help of a beautiful basket, here are our 5 easy steps to planting up hanging baskets.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A lined hanging basket (the bigger the better)
A selection of plants
A wall bracket
Here’s how to do it:
1. Stand the hanging basket on a wide, heavy pot to keep it stable. If the basket isn’t already lined, use moss or a proprietary liner.
2. Cut some holes in the basket liner about 5cm (2 inch) above the base for trailing plants. Fill the basket to that level with multipurpose compost.
3. Place the largest plants in the centre of the basket to create structure and impact. Place three or four trailing plants (such as Ivy) around the sides.
4. Add extra compost and firm it around the plants.
5. Fix the wall bracket according to instructions and position your basket in a sunny spot sheltered from wind and water well. Feed and water regularly.
Top tips to remember:
Go big! Bigger baskets allow for greater water retention and will allow the plants to really bloom. A smaller one will mean more work on your behalf, as it needs more regular pruning and watering.
For the ultimate basket compost – Look for a good brand of peat-free compost and mix it with slow release fertiliser granules and a water retaining gel.
Plant picking – Choose colours that go well together and that reliably flower, such as Pansies, Petunias and Geraniums.
The sun is out, spring flowers are at their peak, and summer is on its way! With June just around the corner, learn how to keep your garden looking beautiful all-season long with our top 5 essential summer gardening tips.
1. Watch the Weeds!
Weeds can be inevitable, even in the most well-kept gardens. As the weather gets warmer, the weeds come out, but there are ways of deterring them from growing in your garden. We recommend:
Weed after it rains when the soil is moist
There are many types of fertiliser on the market, so make sure to find a fertiliser will work best in your garden. The healthiest gardens use some type of fertiliser because most soil does not provide an adequate amount of nutrients to plants and flowers. A mid-summer application to boost the colour and condition during the hottest months
3. Watering Schedule
The very best time to water plants is in the early morning or late evening, while it is still cool. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.
4. Pruning Shrubs
Early summer is the time to prune many of the spring-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela. Prune off growth that has just finished flowering down to an outward facing bud, along with any damaged or crossing branches within the shrub, which should be removed either to suitable growth or completely.
5. Finish Planting Annual Bedding Plants
If you didn’t have time to plant out your tender bedding plants in May, there’s still time to get them into the ground or their new containers as soon as you can in June. Make sure to place them in good light, so they do not become drawn and spindly in the shade.
Throughout summer, regular deadheading will keep them looking fresh and neat and you will quickly realise what brilliant value for money bedding plants are.Have a happy, flower-filled summer.
Small urban gardens can be overlooked by other houses, which means privacy can be rare. To prevent neighbours being able to see into your garden or to just create your own private sanctuary of peace, check out our top tips for how to achieve privacy in a small urban space.
1. Block Sight Lines
An arbour, pergola or gazebo are all easy ways of increasing privacy if you’re overlooked by upper windows. Cover any of these structures with beautiful trailing plants to truly create your own natural private space. Another tip is to plant small trees near your terrace; they will give you more privacy than a taller tree further away.
Growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need, and they’re mobile so you can move them around whenever you like. It’s an easy way to improve privacy that also adds a good dose of foliage to your outdoor space. Grab plants that have a good width spread to grow a private wall of foliage.
If you want to cover your garden fences or railings in a balcony or rooftop, climbing plants are a great option. Ivy plants would be a top choice, as they’re fast growing and evergreen; the perfect all-year-round cover.
Grasses can be used so easily to create internal screens or hedges that flower beautifully, move in the slightest breeze, and need little care during the summer months. Their fast growth rate makes ornamental grasses ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill in any gaps.