Summer’s nearly here - and that’s great news for us all as we enjoy our gardens in all their glory.
Enjoy your summer garden with Wyevale Garden Centres, who have a passion for gardens and everything in them. Classic FM’s Alan Titchmarsh is one of the UK’s best-known gardeners and he’s got some timely tips for you to follow at this time of year.
Together, Classic FM and Wyevale Garden Centres are offering you the chance to win £2,000 to put towards a garden makeover.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or a fair-weather gardener, we can all learn from the experts.
Keep coming back here for a series of tips from Alan…
Thrillers, spillers and fillers
When planting a pot or hanging basket, place thrillers (like cyclamen) in the middle; fillers, like pansy or viola, around the edge; spillers, or trailing plants, like ivy or ‘Creeping Jenny’ will flow over the edges for a display that’s varied in colour and shape.
Plant a sensory sound garden for Swish - tall grasses like Miscanthus; Rattle - the flowers of love-in-a-mist transform into seed-filled pods that rattle when shaken; Clunk - Bamboo makes a lovely hollow knocking sound when it bumps together.
Top tomato tip
To ripen green tomatoes once picked, put them in a paper bag with a ripe apple or banana. The ethylene given off by the fruit will encourage the tomatoes to ripen, usually in about 2 weeks.
In summer, try and mow your lawn at least once a week. There’s nothing worse than leaving it too long and having to tackle a meadow. Stick to the third off rule, for instance only mowing 4cm (2in) off 12cm-high grass for a soft, bouncy lawn.
Protect your produce
Water your home-grown fruit regularly and keep picking. Mulching with organic matter helps reduce water loss and suppress weeds. With vegetables, remember that even greenhouses can get too hot so keep them shaded on sunny days.
Simply pile up some old logs, or tie together a few sticks of bamboo or twigs and place them in a secluded corner of the garden. Leave untended and beneficial bugs will soon check in.
The seeds were sown for the Wyevale Gardens Centres story in the 1930s, when a keen gardener called Harry Williamson started selling roses in jam jars. His little enterprise grew and grew, and he opened the very first Wyevale Garden Centre in Hereford in 1961.
Today, there are more than 140 Wyevale Garden Centres across the country, and a thriving website. Harry Williamson would have been amazed. But at the heart of it all remains a passion for gardens and everything in them.
Wyevale Garden Centres want to spread the joy of gardening. That’s why, street by street, garden by garden, window-box by window-box, they aim to pass on ideas, inspiration and valuable tips to make garden-lovers of everyone.
They sell all sorts of plants and everything else, from compost to containers to garden furniture and barbeques.
Classic music and gardens were made for each other. Both inspire us, relax us and colour our lives.
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