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evening to trap in the warmthWater crops in pots and growing bags more sparingly, but continue feeding weeklyStop watering gloxinias, begonias and achimenes to let their leaves die down completely before storing tubers in dry compost for winterPot up
wisteria, shortening long sideshootsFlowersHarvest young marrows but leave some to fully ripenPinch out the tops of outdoor tomatoesPlant out rooted strawberry runners into new bedsFruit & vegFeed tomatoes in growing bags and pots Plant nerines, lachenalia
Nemesia plants produce a haze of flowers throughout the summer, and with the pale-gold felt leaves of the helichrysum, a soft cloud-like effect is created. Helichrysum grows happily in sun or part-shade and is ideal for brightening up a dull corner
virus.Planting exotic eucomis bulbs.Caring for cannas.Creating an exotic pot display with begonias and banana plants.Growing exotic plants from seed.
Shade can be a nightmare if your heart is set on growing summer bedding, fruit and veg, or Mediterranean plants, which need direct sun to flourish. But there are plenty of beautiful plants which thrive in shady conditions.Many people imagine
, including African violets, cane-stemmed begonias, coleus, cyperus, impatiens, ivy, rubber plants and verbena.More on growing and caring for house plantsTaking stem cuttings from dracaena house plantsGrowing cactus plants from seedGrowing indoor amarylis
. More tropical planting inspirationCreating a tropical display of begonia and banana plants.Growing tropical plants canna and eucomis in a pot.Planting Aloe variegata in a pot.
The plants used in this hanging basket display are both colourful and fragrant. Heliotrope is one of the best scented plants for growing in a sunny spot, and works well in baskets. The lavender and nemesia are also richly fragrant, and all three
' as a general catch-all term for those plants that can be grown from dormant bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes. Among my regular favourites are begonias, dahlias, canna lilies and eucomis, the pineapple flower. Then there's galtonia, the summer hyacinth
attentive to plants, especially those in pots, baskets and growing bags. If compost is allowed to dry out plants soon suffer, and then the damage is done.Working gardeners away from home all day need to adopt growing plans that take the strain out