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Planting, Growing and Caring Guides

 

The right care and attention for your plants is crucial, particularly for the first couple of years when they are making a new start in your garden. In this section we provide comprehensive guides on how to plant, grow and care for different plants by variety, covering everything from bamboo, bare root plants and climbers to perennials, rhododendrons and shrubs. Some articles also include videos where our plant experts talk you through the planting and garden care process step by step. So whether you're looking to get a clematis blooming up one side of your house, a dense laurel hedge along the front of your garden or implement a Japanese themed gardens with our beautiful Japanese acers, this is the place for you.

 

                                                            

How to grow bamboo

How to grow bamboo

Bamboos are valuable ornamental plants with attractive, lush evergreen foliage that can be used to add a tropical effect, style, movement and panache to any garden. Easy to grow and fully hardy, they come in almost 10,000 varieties ranging from huge tropicals to tiny dwarf.

 

 

How to grow bare root plants

How to grow bare root plants

Many deciduous shrubs, trees and hedging plants, and some evergreens, are available as bare root plants whilst they're dormant between November and March. The roots will quietly establish and grow away below ground, ready to fuel a fabulous spring display.

 

 

How to grow climbers

How to grow climbing plants

Climbers are highly versatile plants producing beautiful flowers and lush foliage with a natural tendency to climb, scramble or ramble. They're perfect for covering unsightly walls and fences or adding height and colour when grown through arches or pergolas.

 

How to grow fruit trees

How to grow fruit trees

Comprehensive guide to planting, growing and caring for fruit trees covering planting advice for both containerised and bare root trees, frost protection, fertilising, pruning, pests and mulching, as well as tips on how to harvest your fruit and where to store it once picked.

 

 

How to grow heather plants

How to grow heather plants

Heathers are best planted in beds totally devoted to themselves, except for the addition of a few conifers or small evergreen shrubs to provide contrast in height and form. Plant heathers in open areas, along pathways or up hillsides. Suitable for coastal and rock gardens.

 

 

How to grow hedging plants

How to grow hedging plants

Pot-grown hedging plants can be planted at any time providing the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. However, in practice early autumn is usually best for evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges, whilst deciduous hedges are best planted in mid-autumn to late winte

 

How to grow herbs

How to grow herbs

Growing herbs, or even creating a herb garden, is easier than you think. All you need is good light conditions in a free, well-drained soil or even on a windowsill. Growing your own means a fresh supply of aromatic flavourings is never more than a few steps away.

 

 

How to grow hybrid tea roses

How to grow hybrid tea roses

Hybrid teas refers to a category of roses originally created by cross-breeding Hybrid Perpetual and Tea roses. This means they are both hardy and typically repeat flower, producing large, shapely flowers that open from high-centred buds on long, straight stems.

 

 

How to grow Japanese maple trees

How to grow Japanese maple trees

Japanese Maples are small, deciduous trees best known for their elegant, architectural form and stunning autumn foliage colours. They are generally slow growing and come in varying forms such as weeping, upright and spreading with lobed foliage like the fingers of a hand.

 

How to grow herbaceous perennials

How to grow herbaceous perennials

Perennials are plants that live for more than two years, as opposed to shorter lived annuals that live for one year and biennials that live for two years. There is a huge range to choose from with varying colours, styles, growth habits, flowering periods and textures.

 

 

How to grow rhododendrons

How to grow rhododendrons

Rhododendrons are best known for their spectacular clusters of large, showy and often fragrant flowers. These are typically tubular, funnel, or bell-shaped and available in a range of colours spanning reds, yellows, pinks, purples and even white, most flowering in the spring.

 

 

How to grow shrubs

How to grow shrubs

Pears are long-lived, producing plenty of sweet and juicy crops. With careful site selection, planting and aftercare, they will yield a handsome reward for the rest of your life. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year and late varieties store well.

 

   

How to plant a tree

How to plant a tree

Trees bring a great sense of atmosphere, height and permanence to your garden. They're one of the more expensive purchases you'll make & it's worth taking the time to get your tree planting right, get your tree off to the best start and be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

   

 

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