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Follow Monty Don's video advice for sowing sunflower seeds in a fine tilth, for a summer display.summerMore flowers to grow from seedBluebellsExoticsCyclamenDahlias
Save money by collecting and storing seed of your favourite hardy annuals, to sow next year. Saving seed from pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, couldn't be easier. Ensure you allow the seedheads to fully develop on the plant before collecting
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
For a pretty mix of vegetables, herbs and flowers, pot up a hanging basket with cherry tomatoes, parsley and yellow, orange and cream-coloured black-eyed Susan.MayJuly - September40 minutesCherry tomato plant, e.g. 'Tumbling Tom'Parsley plant
A term to describe a plant that completes its life cycle (germinating, growing, flowering, setting seed and dying) within a single growing season.
A term that usually refers to non-woody plants that live for more than two years or three seasons. Flowering annually, perennial plants tend to die down during the winter, but have roots that will survive low temperatures.
Tie in young delphinium growth to plant supportsSow seeds of hardy annual flowers directly into beds where you would like them to bloomStart to regularly spray roses that are vulnerable to disease Lift and divide clumps of hemerocallis
Deadhead dahlias to encourage further blooms to formCut down perennials past their primeSow hardy annuals, like poached egg plant, for early flowers next year
Plant out perennials in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effectSprinkle fertiliser around clumps of tulips to boost floweringSow hardy annual flowers directly into beds where you'd like them to bloomPrune Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria
Plant gladioli in groups to depth of 10-15cm, planting onto gravel if you have heavy soilComplete outside sowings of hardy annual flowers Lightly clip box edging and topiary to neaten them upSpray new leaves on disease-prone roses with fungicide