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Shrubs and perennials planted permanently in containers need good quality compost if they are to survive for more than a couple of years. The addition of loam-based compost such as John Innes no.3 will retain a good open structure for plant roots
plantsall year roundMore common garden pestsAphidsFlea beetleEuonymus scaleWhitefly
The distortion, known as fasciation, is a freak of nature, and often looks like several stems have been fused together. It's a rare phenomenon and does the plant no lasting harm. It can develop on a range of shrubs, flowers and perennials. The cause
, or thiacloprid.virtually anything from tomatoes to honeysuckleearly spring to autumnDealing with other garden pestsWoolly aphidsWhiteflyPear leaf blister miteLeafhopper
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and training your plants.Video advice on choosing secateurs.Learn effective pruning techniques.How to prune spring-flowering shrubs.How to prune shrub roses.
want the new growth.AdamAvoid spreading disease by always making sure your secateurs are clean and sharp.Always try to prune when the rose is dormant - after autumn leaf fall and before the buds break in spring.More advice on growing rosesPruning shrub
Chris Beardshaw demonstrates how to plant a rambling rose, offering tips on how to select the perfect rose, pruning and training.summerMore advice on growing rosesPruning a rambling rosePlanting a bare-root rosePruning shrub rosesPlanting a rose
Chris Beardshaw demonstrates how to prune an old viburnum, removing sideshoots and woody growth to reinvigorate the plant and encourage flowering.springMore advice on pruning plantsHow to prune shrub rosesAdvice on pruning techniquesHow to summer
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