Wednesday, May 23, 2018

15 Jul

From Maintenance to Creation – Your Gardening Questions Answered!

sweet smell of lavender

Summer wouldn't be summer without the sweet smell of lavender

Be inspired with these top tips to keep your garden in tip-top shape from the experts at Jersey Plants Direct. From maintenance to creation, you’ll find some great nuggets here to help you get the most from your garden.

Q. What are your top tips for tackling the garden after a long spell away for example after winter or after summer holidays?

A. With the summer holidays coming, the best advice would be to give everything a really good drenching before going away and on your return.  If you’ve got a friend or know someone who can keep an eye on your garden, ask him or her to give your garden a water while you are away.

Q. What kinds of things do I need to do to maintain the garden?

A. Regular pruning, weeding, feeding and dead heading – gardens are like people, they like a little TLC!

A camellia is a great evergreen shrub

A camellia is a great evergreen shrub that produces the most beautiful flowers in the early spring

Q. What would you do to make your garden lovely whatever the month or weather?

A. If there were only one thing I could choose to provide interest in your garden all year long it would be a camellia bush. It’s a great evergreen shrub that produces the most beautiful flowers in the early spring.

Q. If you could do one thing in gardening, what would it be?

A. Plant some vegetables!  It’s easy and there is nothing like eating fresh vegetables you have grown yourself – try tumbling tomatoes, salad leaves, potatoes, peppers….

Q. What is the most common mistake when it comes to planting? How would you avoid this?

A. Failing to give newly planted plants enough water until they are established.  It’s very important to water well in the first year particularly during hot dry weather. Another mistake is planting too much in a space and not taking into account the matured size of the plant.  Take a look at the guide information and don’t try and cram too much into your garden.  Be patient and let your garden plants grow!

geraniums which come in hundreds of different varieties and colours

For flowering longevity I would choose the reliable geraniums which come in hundreds of different varieties and colours

Q. What plant would you recommend for summer and for longevity?

For me a summer wouldn’t be a summer without the sweet smell of lavender.  Cutting the lavender back at the end of the season will ensure that the plants don’t get straggly and keep their compact round shape.

For flowering longevity I would choose the reliable geraniums which come in hundreds of different varieties and colours.  They will last all summer long, flower prolifically and are great at withstanding hot and dry spells.

Q. If money were no object what would you suggest? And, what can you do on a budget?

A. I would suggest you employ a garden designer to help you transform your outdoor space into the garden of your dreams. If you can’t afford a designer, then you can do it yourself.  It’s not as difficult as you think.

Think about your gardens’ ‘backbone’ - your shrubs and trees.  Choose shrubs and trees that provide interest at certain times of the year. For example, berries, trees and shrubs that change leaf colour and evergreens for year round interest – there is so much to choose from.

Q. What other gardening tips do you suggest to add interest and colour to a garden?

Add height to your garden with climbers by using walls, pergolas and trees. Try evergreen climbers, or summer flowering roses, clematis and jasmine, which is beautifully scented, and can be summer or winter flowering.
A bench is a perfect place to sit and reflect on your garden

All gardens need somewhere to sit and contemplate - A bench is a perfect place to sit and reflect on your garden

Add some colour with bulbs that burst into life in the spring.  Plant a camellia that will have lots of beautiful flowers from Feb to May. And, think about plants which provide colour during the summer.

Don’t forget the other sense – smell! Enjoy the fragrant aroma from your summer garden from lavender, herbs and roses.

Finally, keep your eyes open for ideas when you are in other people’s gardens and see if you can take a cutting.

Q. What is the most essential item of garden furniture or feature for a garden this summer?

A. garden bench.  All gardens need somewhere to sit and contemplate.


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