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Hyacinth bulbs are widely available and will produce a broad spectrum of colours. Whatever their shade, hyacinths look spectacular planted on their own in a rustic terracotta pot. It's a quick and easy job for autumn that will have stunning rewards in early spring.Hyacinth bulbsL...
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...
Saving seed from your garden plants is easy to do and will provide you with plenty to sow next season. Leave a few seedheads on your plants after they've finished flowering, removing the rest to conserve the plant's energy. Alternatively
Follow Monty Don's video advice for sowing sunflower seeds in a fine tilth, for a summer display.summerMore flowers to grow from seedBluebellsExoticsCyclamenDahlias
Sweet peas are some of the the most versatile plants you can grow. Train them up a trellis, pergola or obelisk, or support them with canes in large pots. They bring height and colour to borders and their scented blooms can be used as cut flowers. Sweet peas dislike root disturban...
and cut the stem just below a node, where there is a concentration of the plant's own hormones.To improve success rates, dip the base of each cutting in a small amount of rooting hormone to stimulate root growth.Fill pots with seed compost mixed with sharp
of the planting hole square; this helps to prevent young tree roots from circling the hole rather than penetrating the surrounding soil.More advice on plantingTrees for small gardens - Gardeners' World blog by James Alexander-SinclairHow to plant a bare-root tree
coloured pot. If you buy the plants from a garden centre, they can be planted into the garden after they've finished flowering, so you can enjoy them for years to come. February - MarchFebruary - March30 minutesDaffodils, e.g. Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' x3
with pots of 'Tête-à-tête' daffodils, followed in late-spring by dwarf tulips.Large ivy plants are usually made up of several small cuttings in one pot, which make them good value. Simply tease the roots apart to give you several plants.More advice
't be simpler or cheaper to create. Just use Christmas tree branches trimmed from the base of a tree, greenery gathered from your garden and a set of lights. We used pittosporum, miscanthus, ivy seed heads and a couple of phormium leaves.DecemberWinteran hour