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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
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
plantsall year roundMore common garden pestsAphidsFlea beetleEuonymus scaleWhitefly
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
with gritty loam-based compost and sow the seeds evenly across the surface.Sprinkle a layer of compost over the seeds, water, then stand the pot in a cold frame or sheltered place in the garden. Keep it watered and protect it from birds.AdamMake sure berries
Hardwood cuttings are taken from woody perennials e.g. forsythia, cornus and willow in autumn and winter. They can take several months to produce roots, so leave them for a year before lifting and potting up or transplanting.SecateursSpadeSharp sand or gritHormone rooting powder ...
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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
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