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Although, in some areas, dahlia tubers have survived the recent mild winters outside, it's well worth lifting and storing them. Discover how you can ensure a bumper crop of dahlias for next summer, whatever the weather.SecateursGarden forkDry compostStorage box or containerautum...
've formed a good root system.Established oriental poppySharp knifeMulti-cell traySeed compostHorticultural gritSeptember - March20 minutes to take the cuttingsLift a clump of the oriental poppy that you want to take cuttings from or just scrape away the soil
The autumnal colours of ornamental cabbages work well with the pink flowers of sedums in this striking pot display. They are softened by the wispy grass and frothy white blooms of the aster. August - SeptemberSeptember - October20 minutes
, and Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose, which starts to flush pink in January and February.Januarywinteran hourHelleborus niger 10cm pot x3Carex buchananii 2 litre pot x130cm satin zinc cube potPeat free, multi-purpose compostElectric drillCrocksWatering can
A hanging basket packed with strawberry plants not only looks great, but will provide you with rich pickings of fresh fruit over several weeks, and all for just a few pounds. Choose your varieties carefully and you can have fruit from June until early autumn. March - AprilJune - ...
Hostas reign supreme when it comes to striking foliage. All hostas look great in containers, but for something a little more unusual, try Hosta nigrescens. Its upright habit makes an eye-catching patio feature.May - JuneJune - August30 minutes Hosta nigrescensLarge, glazed contai...
-growing alpine phloxes are covered in blooms from late-spring to early summer, as is the glossy mat of saxifrage.March - April April - June20 minutesThrift, Armeria maritimaAlpine phlox, Phlox douglasii 'Lilac Cloud'Saxifrage, Saxifraga 'Triumph'Wall container
-garden style, floating like balloons above the feathery foliage of Cosmos 'Sensation' and its delicate, pink petals. Use a large container for this display, as this combination of plants reaches 1m in height. Prevent the planting scheme from looking too top
'Gypsophila cerastiodesPratia x2Small potWire 'gabion' basket planter, 23cm x 23cm x 15cm CompostFill a pot with compost and place a wire mesh container inside the pebble gabion. Place the alpine pink centrally in the container and position the pratia and Gypsophila
. The Nandina domestica makes an an eye-catching centrepiece all year round, with attractive flowers and berries, and fantastic autumn colour.SummerAll year round40 minutesNandina domesticaHeuchera 'Bronxe Beauty'Dryopteris erythrosora x2Black cube planter