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.

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.

Climbing Roses – How and When to Plant Them

Climbing Roses are quintessentially English. They are often found in gardens across the UK and are a popular plant for cottage-style gardens as they add height to your garden. However, climbing roses can sometimes be difficult than some plants to grow, confusing many of us who are new to gardening.

That’s why we’ve gathered our expert knowledge to help those at any level achieve the cottage-style aesthetic they’ve always dreamed of. From planting to caring for your roses, we’re going to talk you through the entire process in this handy guide.

How to Plant Climbing Roses

Firstly, you need to decide what kind of roses you’d like to grow. Climbing roses are available in many popular rose variants, including English, single, double, scented, etc. You want to make sure you pick the perfect rose for you as they can last for decades.

A rose plant in its bare root form

Our climbing plants are sent in bare root form in mid-autumn. To plant your roses, dig a hole twice the depth and width of the root ball. Gently tease out some of the roots and place them in the hole; cover with soil and water once finished.

To train climbers up trellises and walls, put supports in place and prune out stems that start to grow in the wrong direction. Eventually, the rose plant will grow in one direction, needing pruning every so often.

Where to Plant Climbers

Climbers can be trained to grow on walls, fences, pergolas, and trellises.
When thinking of how and where to plant your roses, make sure you pick the area that catches a lot of sunshine and is planted in well-drained soil.

Ensure that you have chosen the ideal place for your roses, as they can become quite unruly. This suits the cottage-style aesthetic perfectly but can become hard to manage if you don’t keep your eye on it throughout the seasons.

When to Plant Your Roses

Bare-root roses should be planted in late autumn and early winter before growth resumes in the spring. Avoid planting them when it’s icy in the deep winter months, as this will affect the plant and will stop it from growing in the springtime.

Caring for Your Rose Plants

Once your climbing roses have been planted, the most care they need is to be trained up their supports. Pruning and caring for your roses usually comes a year or two after planting, once they’ve grown to a certain point.

Climbing plants tend to grow horizontally, as it is their natural response to do so. They can grow upwards with the use of supports and gentle encouragement.

Eventually, the stems should develop shoots that grow vertically, which will carry the flower heads of the plant. Once this happens, you can prune back the horizontal stems, encouraging the flower to grow upwards in future seasons.

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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 in to a stunning, foliage or floral display. When buying young plants, they need careful training to ensure they grow in to 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 read below to find out how to train you 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 in the main shoot vertically to the wires, then fan out the side branches and tie in too. 

  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.

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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. Tip

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. Tip

How to Grow Indoor Daffodils

Indoor Daffodils

Learning to grow daffodils indoors is a popular practice, perfect for indoor Christmas displays or to be given as gifts.
Our indoor flowering bulbs have already gone through the forcing process that allows them to flower earlier in the season, meaning planting them is somewhat different to DIY forced bulbs.

Buy any of our indoor narcissi bulbs to ensure the plant grows correctly, as using any old bulb would not do the trick. Indoor flowering bulbs have been treated specifically to recreate the cold conditions they would experience when planted in autumn.
To grow these spectacular blooms in time to be the perfect Christmas centrepiece, follow our cultivation steps.  

Step 1 – Picking Your Bulbs

There are various breeds of indoor daffodil and narcissus. For example, the Narcissus ‘Paper White’ is a popular bulb, due to its attractive peony-shaped flower heads and its sweet scent. They are perfect for Christmas displays, due to it taking just 6-8 weeks to flower. However, with other indoor daffodils, this time will increase to 16-18 weeks.

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Step 2 – How to Plant

To grow daffodils indoors, plant in a pot with several bulbs in each pot. For smaller pots, go with 2-3 bulbs and for bigger pots, aim for 3-5. Indoor flowers tend to make a more attractive display when planted en masse.
Aim to plant your bulbs in September to see them flower in time for Christmas.

When planting, place the bulbs in good multi-purpose compost or bulb fibre, with their tips just below the surface. Water well once planted and leave somewhere that is warm and receives a lot of sun. Indoor daffodils can grow to impressive heights, so be aware that you may need to provide support if this happens.

Step 3 – Aftercare

Avoid placing your newly planted daffodils near anything that creates a lot of heat, like radiators or fireplaces. This can make them dry out quicker, risking the chance of them dying. Keep near a window to allow them lots of natural light when the weather allows.

Watering Indoor Daffodils

If the leaves of the plant appear faster than the flower buds, move your pots to a cooler place in your house until the flower heads appear. Top up with water regularly, but only when the soil in the pot feels dry to touch.

Step 4 – What To Do When Your Daffodil Dies

After the flower has bloomed, look for a dry and frost-free place so the bulb has a chance to die down. Once they have returned to their bulbous state, replant outside in a sheltered and sunny spot to see them flower the next year.

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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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How to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

Sadly, we aren’t all blessed with large sprawling grassy gardens with more space than we know what to do with. With a small garden, you have to be more creative with your space (which isn’t always a bad thing!).

However, having an undersized outdoor space can put a dampener on the outlook of our home. But do not fret as there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of space and create the outdoor Eden that you have always wanted. So, if you are searching for the best ways to make any garden look bigger, then you have come to the right place!

Fill Some Containers

If you’re seriously lacking in grass and do not have any room for flower beds, then consider starting a low-maintenance flower display.
What we mean is creating a makeshift flower arrangement by planting flowers in containers and window boxes.

You could even arrange them depending on how much sun each flower will need. For example, if you planted anemones in a container, you could place them somewhere in your garden that does not tend to be in the sun throughout the day. The same could be said for flowers that need lots of sunlight to thrive!

Have a Cohesive Theme

If you have a mixed and match approach to your garden, it can sometimes make the space feel cluttered. This then makes the garden feel smaller which is the opposite of our goal.

For more petite gardens, it is a great idea to coordinate your flowers by colour scheme. For example, light coloured flowers (white, pale pink etc) have a brightening affect, making your space feel tidier and bigger in the same breath.

Limit Your Garden Furniture

Going all out with your garden furniture is making your garden feel smaller. If you have tables, chairs, benches, and sofas, you are limiting your manoeuvre space. It makes it harder to move in your garden and will ultimately make the space feel smaller. Stick with the essentials to make your garden feel homey and won’t hog all the space.

Use Mirrors

Just like in your home, mirrors are a great way of making any space feel double the size. Full-sized mirrors strategically placed on one wall in your garden will make it feel more open and adds an effortless, eye-catching piece of décor.

Make sure you use acrylic mirrors instead of glass, just so accidents don’t happen when the mirror is exposed to the sun. Hide the mirror’s edges to make the overall look feel flawless.

Create Different Levels

Another way to create the illusion of space is to have different levels in your garden. For example, having the option to walk down into an area or up some stairs onto a patio can make the entire space feel sectioned off, and bigger overall.

You could add stairs leading down to your flower beds and grass area or utilise decking to separate the two sections.

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How to Deadhead Flowers

Deadheading Roses

Deadheading spent flowers is essential for maintaining a neat and tidy garden. With summer now in high gear, deadheading is one of the best things you can do for your garden right now. Removing dead flowers and unruly stems helps to improve plant health and encourages more blooms.

Here’s our guide to deadheading everything in the garden.

How to Deadhead Plants

As the blooms on summer-flowering bulbs & perennials start to wilt, simply pinch off spent flowers with its stalk. Dahlias, Cosmos and Buddleias in particular benefit from a good deadheading session to encourage a longer bloom cycle.

How to Deadhead Shrubs/Climbers

To deadhead shrubs, climbers, and those tougher plants, use secateurs to cut off any spent flowers or unruly stems back to 1/4 inch above a new lateral bud.

Tip – For Roses, deadhead the individual blooms as soon as the petals begin to fall.

Q: Do all plants need deadheading?

A: No, you don’t need to deadhead all your plants. Certain plants shouldn’t be deadheaded as their spent blooms and seedheads are a great source of food for wildlife in the colder months.

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