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So many shrubs are popular because they're easy to propagate and grow by the nurseries, cheap to buy, reliable performers, and grow in many types of soil and situation. But sometimes you don't want your garden to look like everyone else's, and would
Who said gardening wasn't easy? Okay, maybe some parts aren't that simple - grafting, propagation, weeding on cliffs, getting rid of slugs and innumerable other things but some aspects of gardens are unbelievably straightforward.Look at this picture
planting back by a few weeks.I sowed a variety called 'Baron Solemacher' in a heated propagator a few days ago, but I've also ordered some plants online. Bare-rooted plants are held in cold storage, which means they can be sent out any time up to July
Cottage, North Devon.The first episode covered January and February. Carol showed how to lift and divide snowdrops in her woodland garden, then demonstrated a rarely seen propagation technique called twin scaling. This technique is much used
with questions on how best to overwinter it. He's hooked.Wary of low light levels and leggy seedlings, I've set up a small lamp over my heated propagator. It looks a bit like an SAD lamp for plants, but hopefully it will do the trick. Tomatoes and broad beans
. Choose large plants for instant impact.More advice on growing herbsHow to pick herbs effectively.Learn about medicinal herbs.Planting up a hanging basket with parsley and tomatoes.Potting up a window box with herbs.Propagating lavender and rosemary.
/spread 40cm x 45cm.Stinking hellebore, Helleborus foetidusMore on helleboresHow to propagate hellebores.Cross-pollinating hellebores.Hellebore plant collection.
, gritty compost. They take up to three months to germinate at about 15°C and should be left for a few years before transplanting and growing on.PropagationMore plants to grow for late-summer colourChoose flowers for late-summer colourCombine asters, sedums
’s extremely successful at propagating itself. Seeds develop in capsules that burst open when ripe, hurling their contents far and wide. It’s also thought that the seeds are attractive to ants, which may unwittingly help to disperse them too.Weed or not, to me
, sorting out my trays, pots and propagators and putting up extra shelves in my greenhouse. Not long to wait now...