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A traditional method of woodland management, by which young tree stems are cut down almost to the ground in order to encourage vigorous growth.
Chris Beardshaw sows bluebells under the shade of the deciduous trees at Berryfields, and discusses the benefits of growing bluebells from seed over planting bulbs.springMore about woodland flowersPlaces to see bluebells in the UKSnowdrops and where
and pansies.Primula container.Woodland plant container.Window box of hair grass, thyme, curry plants and pansies.Spring window box.
Free and easyFavouring a more laid-back approach to gardening, I love plants that self-seed with abandon. Here are a few of my favourites...Find out how to collect allium seedsSelf-seeders are the opportunists of the plant world. They may
Before the leafy tree canopy returns in late spring, the woodland floor is alive with colour. If you have a partially shaded spot, plant up a container with pretty flowering perennials such as foamflower, brunnera and bleeding heart, and recreate a
-release granular feed to nourish them.The young pine seedling acts as a focal point in this box, and it can be planted out into the garden afterwards. More spring container inspirationCreating a spring pot display of primulasPotting up a display of spring woodland
A birch tree makes an ideal focal point and can be grown in a large container. Its silver-white bark and delicate foliage combine with the handsome, soft shield fern and evergreen heuchera leaves for a wonderful woodland combination
Christmas tree. Don't worry if you can't find any poppy seed heads - look out for pine cones on woodland walks to use instead.Poppy seed headBeech leavesMetal skewerMetallic silver spray paintAll-purpose glueDecemberabout an hourArrange the leaves