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Learn how to add evergreen interest and structure to a border using box plants, by following Monty's video demonstration, with tips on planting techniques and soil preparation.spring or autumnMore advice on caring for box plantsHow to shape box topiaryPlanting up a Christmas pot ...
Bamboo canesSecateursGarden twine or stringJanuaryWeave several willow stems together.Bend the entwined willow stems into a circle about 45cm in diameter.Once your circle is complete, trim off any untidy ends, and secure with string if necessary.Insert four
should be able to buy all the ingredients for your plant support from a garden centre or DIY store for less than £10.Galvanised wire1.5m bamboo cane45cm terracotta potWire cuttersCompostIvy plantall year round30 minutesCut a 3m length of wire and bend
The gentle babble of flowing water from this urn water feature helps to create a calm and soothing mood in the garden. A water feature like this is really simple to assemble and is also a safe choice if you have young children
. Garden fork Sharp knifeLarge potsGritty compost mix made from equal parts grit or perlite and potting compostLabel and pencilDecember - January30 minutesUse a garden fork to lift the whole plant out of the ground gently, taking care not to damage its
. This will again cause sideshoots to grow and the plants can be given a final shaping and tidy up if necessary in early autumn. Box topiary, secateurs, sheep-hand shears, large scissors or garden shearsMay - August 20 minutes for each plantUse secateurs scissors
, woody rhizomes and replanting only young, healthy plants into freshly-prepared soil. IrisesGarden forkSharp knifeTrowelJuly - August30 minutesUse a fork to dig up a congested clump of irises. Ease the plants from the soil, taking care not to spike
-trodden areas of grass to keep the lawn looking at its best.More project ideas to enhance your gardenRepair a worn patch of grassAdd willow edging to bordersMake a raised bedMonty Don demonstrates how to make an alpine path and gravel bed in his video project
and drawn. 3 strawberry plants (pot-grown or lifted from the garden)Large pot or hanging basketMulti-purpose compostJanuary - April20 minutes harvest May - JunePlant two or three strawberry plants in a hanging basket or large pot of multi-purpose compost
Mint plants give the best flavour and fragrance from new growth and are renowned for their vigour. So take cuttings in spring and you'll have young mint plants bursting with flavour and ripe for the picking to last you all summer. Mint plantSecateursPot or modular seed tray and p...