Amateur Gardening 6-Mar-2021

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 letter

“I apologise to readers in the North and Scotland who took umbrage at my editorial (Feb 20) on how mild the weather had been. This went to press just before the big freeze gripped the country! It does illustrate why gardening is a constant challenge, and more so in some parts of the country than others. That’s why I was interested in Graham Rice’s article about hardy gladioli (page 32): some beautiful examples, and you don’t have to lift them in autumn – they’re tough and low maintenance. What’s not to like? I’ll certainly be looking to plant some of these beauties this spring.” Contact us: Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: Advertising: 0330 3906566…

2 min.
summer bulbs delight

THERE is a bulb, tuber, corm or rhizome for every season, but those that flower from late spring through summer and right into autumn are the most glorious. Think alliums, dahlias, lilies, freesias, canna lilies, ranunculus, Mirabilis jalapa, crocosmia and tuberosa, not to mention autumn-flowering nerines. Phew! They combine exotic, vibrant colours with interesting foliage and a generous nature that means that many varieties are as happy in containers as they are in the ground. Planted now, they should flower this year and then mature and multiply as the years pass, creating ever-better displays of colour and interest. Whether you buy your bulbs online, from garden centres or on impulse as part of the supermarket run, you will be spoilt for choice and may find your eye caught by something new and exotic. Many summer…

3 min.
planting bulbs is easy to do

CONSIDERING they give so much pleasure and will potentially provide months of beauty for years on end, bulbs are incredibly easy to plant. For the best results, choose a sunny place with free-draining soil that has been enriched with well-rotted compost or manure. Dappled shade won’t harm, and may help the flowers to last longer in summer’s brilliant sunshine, but most don’t take kindly to deep shade. Bulbs can either be planted singly in groups of individual holes or you can dig a trench and plant several at the same time. Whichever method you favour, place them pointed end up at 2-3 times their own depth and a bulb’s width apart. Some plants, such as anemone, don’t have corms with a ‘pointy’ end. Instead, their bulbs look like little shrivelled bits of wood.…

4 min.
saved for the nation

HORTICULTURAL conservation charity Plant Heritage has accredited 13 new National Plant Collections, or ‘living libraries’ of plants, including two that were relocated during lockdown. A collection of Nerine sarniensis (known also as Guernsey or Jersey lily) and hardy Nerines formerly held in Devon have been moved to Cotswold Garden Flowers in Worcestershire, and RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon. This means that more than 2,000 of the plants had to be prepared and relocated within lockdown constraints! The second rehoming was of an important collection of Ruscus. Also known as butcher’s broom, these unusual sub-shrubs can now also be seen throughout RHS Garden Rosemoor and in the site’s Bicentenary Arboretum. Vicki Cooke, conservation manager at Plant Heritage said: “We are delighted that after the challenges of 2020, people still found the energy and enthusiasm to…

2 min.
a container of thank yous

Top Tip Perennials and bulbs in containers can be planted out when they fade to live on in the garden for years. GIVING a bouquet of flowers is a lovely thing to do, but why not create a longer-lasting pot of joy for someone you love or someone who needs cheering up? Mother’s Day falls on March 14 and a container planted up with seasonal cheer will certainly be a welcome gift. Alternatively, give it to someone who you think would appreciate it; an elderly neighbour or housebound friend. At this time of year there is an almost endless range of plants to choose from. Spring bedding is everywhere, as are almost-flowering bulbs that will grow and bloom when the bedding may have started to die down. Set their colours off against ferns, ivies, even…

2 min.
it’s time to sow – and sow

Top Tip Sow a succession of seeds every few weeks to prolong flowering from early summer right through until the autumn frosts. IT’S time to start thinking about sowing half-hardy (HHA) and hardy annual (HA) seeds for this year’s one-season color. Although hardy annuals can withstand the cold, I’d hold off sowing them outside for a few more weeks as the soil will be inhospitably cold and wet, and vulnerable little seeds are at risk of being washed away, of rotting and of becoming the next meal for hungry rodents and birds. Instead, sow them undercover in seed trays or pots and stash them in an unheated greenhouse, porch, cold frame or mini greenhouse. Annual seeds to start now could include sunflowers, clary, larkspur, quaking grass, honeywort (Cerinthe) and poached egg plant. They will germinate and…