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May Amateur Garden Tips


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Summer Bedding Plants

Time to plant out Argyranthemums, Osteospermums and other Summer bedding plants now that the risk of frost has passed.

Time also to plant up your hanging baskets and move them into position outdoors.

Patio Plants

Patio plants which have been over-wintered in pots or tubs in the greenhouse or conservatory can now be moved into position outdoors.  These include Citrus, Datura, Palms and succulents.

Trimming Ferns


Tidying Heathers

clipping heathers with hand trimmersclick for larger image
clipping heathers with hand trimmersclick for larger image

Spring Flowering Heathers will be over by now. They should be given a light trim to remove the old flower heads and some of the new growth to make them bush out. Go gently however and do not cut back to bare wood.

Japanese Maples

If you are growing Japanese Maples in containers make sure they are not allowed to dry out and avoid leaving them in the full glare of the sun.  Partial or dappled shade is preferable.  Failure to observe these precautions will result in scorching or browning of the edges of the new leaves and die back of twigs or branches later in the Summer.


Enkianthus VestaTry a new and much underrated shrub in your garden – Enkianthus campanulatus

This is Enkianthus 'Vesta' which is currently not available to buy, but here is a link to all the Enkianthus you can buy online from us.

Click here to view advice notes on Enkianthus


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