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Five (5) Small Winter Flowering Shrubs

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Grow these easy-care small shrubs for cheerful colour in the winter garden. Abutilon (Chinese lantern) This is a relative of the hibiscus and flowers all year round. Pruning is recommended to keep them bushy as they can become lanky. A full sun position is preferable, but they will also flower well in part shade. Keep them mulched and well-watered, but avoid ... Read More »

Top Ten (10) Tips for Growing Roses from David Austin Roses

by Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses Careful choice of varieties – is fragrance important; health; shape of flower; shape and size of plant? Wise choice of planting position – roses do not like too much competition at the roots and all like at least a few hours of sun a day, especially in the morning. Thorough soil preparation – mix ... Read More »

Six (6) David Austin Scented Winter Roses

Six (6) winter scented roses by david austin about the garden magazine

David Austin Roses are best described as ‘New Roses in the Old Tradition’. They combine the perfume, variety and charm of old fashioned roses with the recurrent flowering qualities and wider colour range of modern roses. The majority have strong, bushy shapes and can be grown amongst many other garden shrubs. The newer forms of David Austin Roses have been ... Read More »

How to Grow Beans

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Beans are an easy-to-grow, productive and nutritious warm-season crop. Eaten cooked or raw, they are an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Preparing the Soil Beans prefer a slightly acidic soil between pH 6.5–5.5 (learn how to use a soil pH test kit). They need full sun and a well-drained, friable soil. At least two weeks before ... Read More »

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Pots

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Growing fruit trees in pots allows you to have them in paved areas and unlikely garden spaces. So you can grow your own fruity harvest in the smallest of spaces! Choosing the right pot To grow a decent, fruit bearing tree, it is recommended that you use a pot at least 40cm in size, depending on the size the tree ... Read More »

How to Grow Camellias

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Camellias are adored by home gardeners for the sheer beauty of their blooms and foliage. Given the right conditions, camellias are long-living and very easy care. Here are some growing tips to get your started! Soil preparation Before planting camellias, it’s important to prepare soils well with plenty of composted organic matter. Good drainage is also vital. If your soil ... Read More »

How to Grow Adorable Daylilies

Few plants are more beautiful and rewarding to grow than daylilies (Hemerocallis). Their graceful form, sumptuous petals, long flowering habit, pest and disease resistance, ability to grow in sun or semi-shade (they flower best with at least 6 hours of sun), and their tolerance of neglect are just some of their good points. When daylilies are massed in the landscape ... Read More »

Easy as! Strawberry Planter

Don’t let having a limited space hold you back from trying your hand at home grown strawberries. Strawberries are great container growers, you can plant your crop in pots, hang in baskets, potting mix bags or even this specially designed strawberry planter bag! These strawberry bag planters are ideal for those with balcony or courtyard gardens, as they are light ... Read More »

How to Grow Potato – The Super Tuber

How to grow potato the super tuber

The potato originated in the Andes Mountains where it was cultivated by Pre-Columbian Indians. It was taken to Spain by the Conquistadors, but because of its association with poisonous plants (it is a member of the nightshade family) the potato didn’t come to prominence in Europe until introduced into Ireland in the 17th century. Being so nutritious and easily grown in poor soil, ... Read More »

How to Care for Bromeliads

How to care for bromeliads the tropical wonder

Bromeliads can bring an instant touch of the tropics to the coldest and driest climate gardens. Their lush, tropical foliage brings year-round colour and the colourful bracts they bear periodically can make them show-stoppers. This, combined with their easy- care nature makes them quite irresistible! A little history Bromeliads come from the tropical Americas where they grow as forest under ... Read More »