Buy a pink plant for Breast Cancer!

Virtually all of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, so this week we are going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Friday 19 October and suggesting some pink additions to your garden that you could purchase now, along with a donation to Cancer Research. And actually it is surprisingly easy to find pink flowers still glowing in the middle of October. Nerines are the ultimate in-your-face, strutting their stuff,  bubble gum pink autumn flowering bulb, and could easily be adopted as the very emblem of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The most...

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Diascia personata

For me it is the ultimate cottage garden plant – the thing is, that at any time from late spring until the end of October, I could have chosen the lovely Diascia personata for this slot. Admittedly it can get overlooked in the summer as there is so much competition, but this week it looks simply stunning surrounded by grasses, asters, a beautiful late blue salvia and the fading, autumnal flowerheads of almost everything else. D. personata is a short-lived, semi-evergreen, hardy (H4, but must have sun and good drainage) perennial and it grows happily alongside almost any border companion....

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Grow-How Tips for Early October

Oh dear! Summer’s definitely over now and we must bravely face the oncoming winter weather. The urgency has seeped out of the garden tasks, but there are still some jobs that can be done now, while we plan how to make our gardens EVEN better next year!… LOVE ME TENDER Those tender perennials that have been performing so well in our pots and containers all summer can yield us some easy cutting material now, which will provide us with lots of free strong plants for next year. And what’s more, they will take up a lot less space on your...

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Growbags shout Hip Hoorah!

When I proposed that we write about different rose hips for this week’s blog Caroline’s response was ‘Oh, is there more than one sort then?  Honestly I ask you, how can someone who can spot a ‘Happy Hour’ sign half a mile away be so unobservant about the natural world? Rose hips are one of autumn’s most attractive phenomena, and lend that all important ‘dash of red’ that artists have long known will give a lift to otherwise soft and fuzzy scenes, and there is a whole community of different ones, mainly arising from species roses, which are the...

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