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How to Deadhead Oriental Lilies

How to Deadhead Oriental Lilies

Last updated on April 8th, 2022 Plants that fall under the lily banner all have different visual advantages to offer, and the oriental lily is definitely among the showy members because of its vibrantly coloured blooms. Not only are the blooms blessed with lavish colours, but their size and fragrance are unforgettable. If you have been wondering whether it is necessary to deadhead oriental lilies, this is the article you should read. First things first, let’s clear some confusion between…

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What Is Eating My Lilies and How To Prevent It

What Is Eating My Lilies and How To Prevent It

Flourishing lilies are very visually satisfying, especially in full bloom; however, what do you do when you notice something is eating your lilies? Lilies are poisonous to cats and dogs, but other animals like deer, rabbits, and more importantly, the dreaded lily beetles with the bright red shells are fond of lilies. To avoid further damage to your lilies, it is vital to know the culprits behind the destruction so below I’ve included some of the most common culprits. Red…

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How to keep calla lily bulbs over winter

How to keep calla lily bulbs over winter

Last updated on April 6th, 2022 Calla lilies and freezing temperatures do not go well together, in as much as they are considered hardy plants they are really tropical plants so do need some help to survive cold winters which usually means lifting them from the ground. First thing first, if you live in the UK, you will need to dig them up for winter. If you live in the USA and are within zone 8 or higher in the…

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Top 10 Best Shade Loving Plants For Containers

Top 10 Best Shade Loving Plants For Containers

In this guide, I’m going to share some of my favourite shade loving plants that grow well in containers. These are perfect for patios, balconies or any position where you need to plant plants, that will thrive in containers but also in shadier areas such as under trees or even along a north facing wall on a patio or decking. Below is a mixture of perennials that provide colour throughout summer to bedding plants and even some shrubs for all…

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10 Best plants for pots all year round – my favourite picks

10 Best plants for pots all year round – my favourite picks

Last updated on March 9th, 2022 In this guide, I’m going to look at some of my favourite plants for pots that provide all ready colour whether that be the sunning flowers followed by evergreen foliage or attractive foliage that changes throughout the seasons. I will start with one of my favourites for growing in pots and these are Azaleas, often the first to provide some colour in spring after a long winter. 1. Azalea japonica Those looking for potted…

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What’s Eating My Lavatera leaves? 8 pests that could be snacking on your Lavatera

What’s Eating My Lavatera leaves? 8 pests that could be snacking on your Lavatera

Last updated on January 17th, 2022 Unlike diseases, pest attacks on Lavatera shrubs are easily identifiable because the damage shows up on the leaves or the flowers and if you are lucky, you may even see the pest actually snacking on the leaves of your Lavatera. In the cases of caterpillars and slugs, they leave holes in the leaves themselves, whereas pests such as scales will cause leaf discolouration and eventual defoliation. This is where the leaves actually fall from…

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Pests and Diseases That Attack Lavatera Plants

Pests and Diseases That Attack Lavatera Plants

Last updated on January 10th, 2022 If you notice that your Lavatera shrub is discolouring or wilting, there is a high chance that they are suffering from disease or pest issues, the good news is that it is nearly always treatable. It is crucial to identify the culprit according to the symptoms displayed to employ a suitable treatment method. This is usually as simple as applying a pesticide for pests and fungicide for fungus infections such as Hollyhock rust and…

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How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

Last updated on March 9th, 2022 Have you come across Lavatera bushes and their lovely blossoms in spring? If you have, it is difficult not to appreciate their understated beauty and abundant flowers and foliage. You can easily add these plants (which are available as shrubs, perennials and annuals depending on the variety) to your garden display because they don’t need much attention to thrive with the exception of a little pruning in spring and some mulch around the base…

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How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

Last updated on December 14th, 2021 One of the best ways to propagate Lavatera is by a method known as taking softwood cuttings. This is often done in the spring or early summer and is super easy to do, even for beginners. If you have never propagated Lavatera through cuttings, this is the perfect opportunity for you to try.  With the tips you will find below, you should have garden ready plants either this year if you take them early…

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Growing Delphiniums in Pots – Choosing a Container, Feeding and Winter Protection

Growing Delphiniums in Pots – Choosing a Container, Feeding and Winter Protection

Last updated on November 5th, 2021 Offering towering flowers and vivid colours, Delphiniums command their space in the garden with ease. These plants grow in beds and borders but can also be grown successfully in large pots. They may look like a lot of work, but they are quite easy to grow, as I will show in this guide. These perennial plants come in a wide range of varieties with differently coloured blooms as we as different eventual heights so…

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