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Bedding and Patio Plants

Bedding and Patio Plants The danger of late frost should be over in our area by mid May. It means that hanging baskets, pots and borders can be filled with colour by planting out bedding plants. Colour combinations can be wildly bold or romantically muted. We are so fortunate with the vast range of bedding plants available to us. Many of these plants, such as Geraniums, Fuchsias and Petunias are old favourites but there are always new and exciting varieties of them to try, as well as Verbena, N
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How to Choose & Grow Spring Flowering Bulbs

New season's bulbs come into the garden centres from mid August. The earlier you buy them the fresher they are and there will be a greater selection to choose from. There are bulbs for all situations, from naturalising in grass to borders, pots and window boxes and even for indoors. From the first Snowdrops to the last Tulips and Anenomes, they will flower for almost five months, at least into May. Bulbs make a particularly good combination with winter pansies, wallflowers and forget-me-nots. M
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Successful Container Planting

The secret to successful container growing is choosing the right container, the right compost and the right plants and then remembering to water and feed. The paradox of container gardening is the need to retain moisture on the one hand without water logging on the other. Pots and hanging baskets can be bought already filled but it is very easy to plant your own and ever so satisfying. There are so many containers available, wire baskets, plastic pots or baskets, metal containers, terracotta an
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Camellias

One of the most vibrant and luxurious spring flowering shrubs must be the Camellia. It is sophisticated and elegant with glossy dark green leaves and alluring confident flowers in all shades of pink, red and creamy white. Camellias enjoy a relatively damp autumn which prevents the developing buds from dropping off, as they are inclined to do if it is dry. Flowers can suffer too from frost damage once they have opened. Camellias do not like alkaline conditions. If you are growing them in contai
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Magnolia

Magnolia is one of the loveliest of the early flowering shrubs and looks exotic in any garden. The magnolias are a very diverse group of plants and encompass many shapes, forms and colours. The most familiar of the Magnolia varieties is Magnolia soulangiana. This flowers before the leaves emerge and has a white tulip shaped flower with a rose stained base. These magnificent plants are really noticeable in gardens, and established specimens make a super display. The plant likes an acid soil with
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