Amateur Gardening 11-Sep-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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“Where we live, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is also the season of rural shows, where farmers show off their finest livestock and gardeners display their oversized vegetables and fabulous flowers. It is also a time to take stock of our own gardens, to celebrate the successes and work out why other projects have failed – delayed deployment of netting meant the blackbirds were the only things to enjoy our blackcurrants! Please share with us your triumphs, disasters, and problem-solving tips, and help us all to be better gardeners.” Contact us: Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: Advertising: 0330 3906566…

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primetime for perennials

A UTUMN may be a time for saying farewell to the sun and summer flowers, but it is also a time of new beginnings and ‘hellos’. The next few weeks are perfect for perennials, for planting, dividing, cutting back and generally nurturing. I have several plants in need of a home, including a sedum, as well as some thriving bergenia cuttings that need to wriggle their roots in some fresh soil and compost. There is also a scented pink phlox that initially failed to thrive in the soil, was dug up and set in a container to recover, and has been in potted purgatory for the past year. It has grown considerably, too, so I plan to split it, which will help its productivity. Whether you are planting, dividing or simply cutting back…

3 min.
the joys of division

DIVIDING plants can seem slightly daunting at first, but if you follow a few rules it’s incredibly easy and the benefits outweigh the problems. You get more of your favorite plants to dot around your garden for free, and the original plant is cut into more productive, smaller pieces, which usually gives it a second lease of life. Many perennials perform brilliantly when they are first planted, but after a few years they outgrow their space, lose structure and run out of steam, falling outwards and forming unproductive, woody hearts. Dividing gives you the chance to get rid of the old, failing parts and start again with fresh new pieces of plant. As long as each portion has healthy sections of root and top growth, they will regenerate and grow well. Last year I…

3 min.
chelsea with a difference

AFTER a year of absence – for the first time since the Second World War – RHS Chelsea Flower Show is roaring back, but things are still not quite the same. Due to Covid restrictions back in May, when the show traditionally takes place, the RHS took the decision to move its landmark event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to the early autumn. RHS Chelsea 2021 is now taking place from Tuesday-Sunday, 21-26 September, and because of the change of season there will be a host of different flowers on show. “We welcome new plants and exhibitors” Instead of foxgloves and alliums, visitors will see late-flowering bulbs, salvias and grasses take centre stage in the Great Pavilion, with the emphasis this year firmly on showcasing the very best in autumn horticulture. A spokesman for the…

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time to relocate and sow

AS September draws on, I’m spending time cutting back spent perennials, removing annuals that have had their day, and deciding what to do with the gaps they leave. Early autumn is the perfect time to plant, as the soil is still holding on to summer warmth and is dampened by showers. Anything planted now has time to establish and put on root growth before it beds down for winter, and hardy annuals sown now will nestle into the soil and burst into life next spring One of the delights of this summer has been the unexpected appearance of a night-flowering catchfly (Silene noctiflora) in a corner of the garden. A member of the campion family and standing a good 3ft (1m) tall, it is a delight, with starry flowers in white and shades…

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lawn care in early autumn

THE weather this year has been far from ideal and our gardens have suffered. The cold, dry spring gave way to an indifferent summer with a brief spell of scorching heat followed by some torrential downpours. Lawns have struggled accordingly, and now with winter waiting in the wings we have a short window to give them some love and prepare them for the return to cold, wet weather. The relative warmth and dampness of October and early November are ideal for sowing and turfing a lawn, but September is often still too dry, unless you have the time and patience for regular watering. But there are still several tasks you can do to keep your lawn healthy and looking as good as possible. One important thing not to do is feed your lawn with…