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of gutters, windows, and so on, it's a valuable evergreen plant. Research now shows that in addition to its aesthetic and wildlife value, ivy and plants trained against buildings help screen and insulate them from the cooling effect of cold wind
Why is it that just as my wisteria reaches its peak the weather breaks and we get night after night of cold weather and frost?!After buying a wistera and not being able to find the right home for it, I decided to experiment by training it as a
The vigorous growth of many herbaceous perennials and climbers often needs a helping hand to prevent them flopping onto neighbouring plants or over the edges of lawns and paths. Putting plant supports in place early means they even the most obvious
not to bruise or damage stems by tying too tightly. Soft string, garden twine, plastic-coated wire or proprietary plant tiesScissors, flower snips or sharp knifeApril - June 5 minutes per plant, as needed in the growing seasonFor trained fruit and wall shrubs
late-flowering clematisDealing with clematis wiltHow to make a metal obeliskBrowse a variety of clematis plantsView plants by flower colour
. Dahlia plantSticks or canesStringJune - August15 minutesJuly - SeptemberCheck dahlias each week; if they're starting to flop tie the main stem to a supporting cane or stick with garden string. Don't tie the string too loosely, but allow a little room
The technique of miniaturising trees or plants by growing them in containers and pruning, training and trimming them to achieve an aesthetically desirable result.
A plant, usually a fruit tree, whose branches are trained horizontally and flat against a wall or other framework.
A method of training plants against a wall or on wires to achieve a fan-like effect.
A large tray divided into cells in which seeds may be planted. The cells train the roots downwards, strengthening them and causing limited disruption to the plant when transplanted outside.