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Shrubs are useful building blocks when you're planning a garden, providing structure and substance. Winter is an ideal time to assess your garden and see if there's an empty space that's just right for a new shrub.Shrub
Sometimes shoots appear on previously plain-leaved plants with attractive variegations, and these can then be propagated by nurserymen to make a new plant. But the new variegated plant might try to revert to all-green foliage because the mutation isn't stable. If left, this all-g...
Learn how to recognise and remove dead wood from garden trees, in Chris Beardshaw's video demonstration.summerMore advice on growing treesPlanting a bare-root treePlanting a fig treeTraining a nectarine tree against a fencePlanting a small tree
The sap-feeding scale insect Unaspis euonymi is particularly attracted to Euonymus japonica, although it will feast on other evergreen euonymus too. The white males congregate on the leaves, but the brownish-black females live on the bark, making
Follow Chris Beardshaw's video guide to transplanting shrubs. Chris explains the benefits of forward planning when transplanting a shrub, giving it the best chance of surviving the move.autumnMore advice on growing shrubsHow to plant a shrub
Christmas wreath decorations can be made simply from bundles of twigs pruned from your garden and can be left undecorated if coloured stemmed willow or dogwood is used. For a more traditional look, cover the framework with sprigs of evergreen
for using in table decorations.Combine them with bay leaves and bunches of box, to make festive table decorations. They make an attractive display, set off perfectly with old terracotta pots.Old terracotta pots (15cm)Oasis blocksBay - Laurus nobilis
There are many different fungi that cause this problem, each of which usually affects a particular plant or group of plants. In each case they produce similar symptoms. Affected plants will have discoloured leaves, often also distorted when young, while general growth and vigour ...
in late-summer are pretty wide-ranging, as are shrubs, climbers and herbaceous perennials. Most fashionable annuals, exotics and tender perennial patio plants should also stay in flower until late-September, or even early October, if properly looked after
Sarah Raven demonstrates how to plant a bare-root tree or shrub in a pot, before planting out in its permanent border position.October-November, February-MarchMore planting advicePlanting a bare-root rosePlanting a shrubPlanting a bare-root tree