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Why is it that you rarely see zinnias in summer bedding displays? Do they give the impression of being an old-fashioned flower? Well, I think they're in for a revival, and with some stunning new varieties coming onto the market I'm recommending them
Cosmos was one of the first bedding plants I ever grew from seed, and still remains a favourite. It provides height to displays with an airiness few other plants can match. Tall stems carry fine, feathery foliage, each topped with simple, brightly
724Church Lane, Gawsworth, Macclesfield, Cheshire01260 223 456www.gawsworthhall.comSK11 9RNOpen 5 May-22 Sep, Sun only, plus daily 1 Jul-31 Aug, 2-5pm. Adults/OAPs £7.50, under-17s £3.50. Card valid for the whole property, but not valid on bank hols or for special events.parking,...
934Canongate, St Andrews, Fife 01334 476 452www.st-andrews-botanic.orgKY16 8RTOpen all year, daily: 1 Apr-30 Sep 10am-7pm; 1 Oct-31 Mar 10am-4pm. Adults £2, OAPs/children (5-15) £1. Single discount with card: 50%. Card not valid for special events – phone or see website for detai...
7644 Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk07504 545 810www.plantationgarden.co.ukNR2 3DBOpen all year, daily, 9am-dusk. Adults/OAPs £2, under-16s free.part-disabled,plants,toilets,public-transport
Any plant that's planted out in a bed, border or pot for a seasonal display, usually during spring and summer. The plants are then removed, making way for next season's display. Spring bedding is composed of spring-flowering bulbs, hardy perennials
Rachel de Thame explains the secrets of the soil conditions in which alpine plants thrive, with recipes for the perfect growing medium.spring or autumnMore on growing alpinesMaking an alpine path and gravel bedPlanting up alpines video project
Follow Monty's step-by-step video guide to laying an alpine garden path and making alpine beds using membrane and gravel.spring - autumnMore advice on growing alpinesWatch Monty Don make an alpine sandboxPlant alpines in a pot with Rachel de Thame
Carol Klein and Joe Swift demonstrate how to create a raised bed at Berryfields, using local stone and alpine planting, with tips on compost mixes and plant suggestions.springMore advice on growing alpinesVideo advice on planting alpines in a pot
Carol demonstrates how to create a mini-rock garden in a trough, recommending plant varieties and sharing tips on compost, drainage and top-dressing.springMore on growing alpinesMaking an alpine path and gravel bedPlanting up alpines video project