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Amateur Gardening 20-Jun-2020

Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents including Toby Buckland, Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, Peter Seabrook and Jo Whittingham.

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1 min.
editor's note

“Do you remember the plate-spinning variety act on television many years ago? A row of sticks each supported a spinning plate, the aim being to keep them all spinning and not crash to the floor and break. It’s like that in the garden at the moment: deadheading, feeding, planting, taking out sideshoots. Before one thing is done, another screams for attention – otherwise, they won’t realise their potential. No wonder gardeners are so healthy! We never stand still, just like those plate-spinners of yester-year.” Contact us: Editorial: 07814 905439 Email: amateurgardening@ti-media.com Advertising: 07817 629935…

2 min.
filling gaps with bedding

THE aim of a good summer garden is to have a run of colour and interest from the end of spring to the first frosts of autumn. If that sounds like a big ask, don’t worry, as it can be achieved easily and cheaply, and a lot of the heavy lifting is done by summer bedding plants. These are the little shouts of colour that garden centres and supermarkets stack high and sell cheap. Lobelia, petunias, pelargoniums, snapdragons, cosmos and nicotianas come in an array of heights and shades that, with judicious care, will take over from the late-spring/early summer alliums, sweet rocket, borage and foxgloves. They will flower from now until you hoik them out to make room for their winter substitutes. Due to an excess of perennial planting we haven’t got…

2 min.
making a singular spectacle

Mellow fruitfulness: It’s time to start thinking about late-season colour, and in next week’s AG I talk you through planting autumn-flowering bulbs ONE of my favourite bedding plants is the scented-leaf pelargonium. These are large, glorious plants with delicate pink flowers and leaves that give off a heady smell of lemon or roses when crushed between the fingers. We grow several and each autumn they are dug up and overwintered in the greenhouse. Over the years they have grown into large, handsome plants worthy of a central spot in a border or in a large pot of their own in an area where you sit and enjoy your garden. They are easy to propagate now via softwood cuttings, and you can find out how on page 6. When planting larger, more mature bedding…

1 min.
a true blue covering for walls and rockeries

IF you are looking for vibrant colour to tumble over a rockery or down a wall, then Campanula ‘Carpatica Blue’ is the plant for you. This hardy perennial produces lots of open, cupshaped, deep-blue blooms and, growing to just 10in (25cm) in height, it can also be used to create a colourful edge to borders. Once they have finished flowering, just shear them back into shape to stop them getting out of hand. The seeds of campanula are tiny, so sieve your compost before sowing. This makes sure all the larger clumps that might inhibit germination are ground out. Tamp the compost flat to create a firm, level surface for germination, so that none of the little seeds falls through the cracks and gets lost. Then dampen the compost with fresh tap water. When you…

2 min.
taking softwood cuttings

PERENNIALS can be expensive to buy and, following the lockdown, sporadically in short supply as everyone rushes to the garden centre. Luckily, it’s really easy to propagate your own, giving you lots of healthy new plants for free. The method we use at this time of year is softwood cuttings – using the fresh, healthy, non-flowering growth to make clones of the original. Plants I have had success s with include pelargoniums, penstemons, cistus and roses, but you can also try the method with osteospermums, fuchsias, hydrangeas and buddleja. Take the cuttings early in the morning when the plants are full of moisture from the night before. Snip around 4in (10cm) of healthy non-flowering new growth, but don’t overdo it otherwise you risk weakening the parent plant. Three or four shoots from an established…

2 min.
yorkshire garden is the winner

MARK Gregory and his Welcome to Yorkshire Chelsea garden, which was seen at the show in 2018, has been crowned the winner of the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award for Garden of the Decade. Affectionately known as the ‘King of Chelsea’, the multi award-winning garden designer and MD of Landform Consultants, had two of his gardens in the top 10, with the 2018 showpiece taking the title. Mark said: “What an honour it is to be awarded BBC People’s Choice Garden of the Decade. I’ve built and designed gardens at Chelsea every year since 1988, which adds up to more than three years of my life!” No Chelsea is a bit surreal The Garden of the Decade Award was presented as part of this year’s Virtual Chelsea Flower Show that took place during ‘Chelsea Week’…