It's finally warming up, here's my suggestions for keeping your garden looking at it's best through the rest of the Summer and beyond.
The weather may not be up to much, but we need to get into the garden and get planting and make your garden stand out this Summer.
This month I answer questions on Phlomis and flea beetles on Hollyhocks, advise on what to plant in a tree stump, and provide a list of flowers and shrubs suitable for growing in heavy clay soils.
I love roses, but it's important to keep them healthy by dead heading, and tackling pests and disease as soon as it occurs.
If you think nothing needs doing in the garden, think again. A beautiful garden is a labour of love. Here's my 'to do' list for this week.
They do say that from tiny acorns, mighty oak trees grow. My friend Andrew has been trying for years to grow an oak, and now he's had some success.
With mid-green foliage with deep veins and serrated edged leaves that turning coppery-brown in autumn, you must keep on top of pruning a Hornbeam.
Some people don't believe that Apricots can grow in English weather, well this video will prove just how wrong they are. Enjoy!
Pennisetum forms a compact low mound, and it produces lasting brush-like flowers in late summer, and it works brilliantly in these beds.
When fungus grows on a sleeper, it's just doing what it's meant to do - breaking down dead organic matter and returning it to the soil.
All gardens need pollinators such as bees and insects, and you'll find many are attracted to lavender. Find a suitable spot, and get some planted.