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Streptocarpus is easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. Summer is the best time to do it, as plant cells divide quickly, promoting growth. You don't need a lot of kit - just a pot filled with sieved compost, a plastic bag, a piece of string and a good sharp knife. Plastic potsSee...
.Bulbs need enough time in the cold and dark for the root system to develop and support flowering. Use a thermometer to ascertain that your shed or garden is cold enough (it should be around 10°C). Once inside, place the bulbs or corms in a cool, north
The Christmas tree is the centrepiece of all the festive decorations. Ensure your tree looks different each year by adorning it with natural materials gathered from the garden. These decorations, made from rosehips, berries and raffia, provide
Bulb fibre or multi-purpose compostFlower pot, large enough to accommodate bulb or, ready-boxed hippeastrum kit with pot and compost includedBowl to soak bulbNovember - February 10 minutesDecember - MarchSoak the hippeastrum bulb and its roots in a bowl
The dark-green window box and richly coloured plants make a sensational combination. The red scabious takes centre stage, rising above a platform of dark heucherella foliage. March - JulyMay - September20 minutesScabious, Scabiosa atropurpurea
Learn how to grow dahlias for cut flowers, in Rachel de Thame's video demonstration. Rachel recommends varieties and shares tips on soil preparation, planting, feeding and staking young plants.early summerMore advice on growing dahliasLift and store
Follow Joe Swift's step-by-step video guide to creating a lightweight garden pergola using yachting cable, with tips on choosing the best climbers.all year roundMore on plant supportsTips on using plant supportsConstructing a metal obeliskBuilding a
Learn how to give frost-tender plants the best chance of surviving the winter, by following Rachel de Thame's video advice, with tips on watering and where to store plants.October-NovemberMore on protecting plants over winterHow to protect tender plants for the winterHow to prote...
Sarah Raven demonstrates the best method for planting a rose to avoid root rock and sucker growth.spring or autumnMore advice on caring for rosesPlanting a rambling rose against a tree video projectHow to plant a rose, with Monty DonPruning shrub rosesHow to remove rose leaf-roll...
Thanks to their cheery flowers, which come in a wide range of colours, primulas are one of our most popular spring bedding plants. Once this display is over, plant everything out into a damp spot in the garden.September - early November