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Growing Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ and Care Guide

Growing Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ and Care Guide

Lavatera Barnsley Babysley is one of my favourite shrubs to grow in pots and containers as they don’t get too large, are fairly low maintenance compared to their larger cousins, Rosea and Burgundy wine and give one of the best shows of any shrub, flowering for longer than another other variety of shrubby lavatera. What’s there not to love! You would think that they take a lot of effort, but in reality, they are quite easy to grow as are…

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How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

How to grow Lavatera bushes (Mallows)

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 in autumn. In this article, I…

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How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

How and When to Take Lavatera Cuttings

One of the best ways to propagate Lavatera is by a method known as taking softwood cutting in spring/early summer and it’s 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 enough which is spring or next year if you take them a little…

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Growing Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ General care, planting and propagation

Growing Pieris ‘Forest Flame’ General care, planting and propagation

Add a splash of colour to your garden by growing the ever-popular evergreen Pieris shrub. In this guide, I am going to mainly refer to the ‘Forest Flame’ variety, but this article is also perfect for all other Pieris varieties as well. These evergreen plants present dramatic foliage and small clusters of white flowers. Their flowers look amazing and some much-needed colour is added in the spring with the new bright red foliage on display. You can find a wide…

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Growing Magnolias In Pots and Containers – The Complete Guide

Growing Magnolias In Pots and Containers – The Complete Guide

Magnolias are one of my favourite shrubs and I have several varieties in my own garden, from the smaller growing Stellata and Susan that flower in spring, to the summer flowering Magnolia Yellow River which is a really impressive tree. These small trees present abundant blossoms of various colours, from white to purple, to pink and even yellow. Many people are usually surprised that Magnolias can grow in large pots because these plants possess a wide root system, but there…

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Growing Photinia ‘Red Robin’ – Planting, pruning and common problems

Growing Photinia ‘Red Robin’ – Planting, pruning and common problems

The Photinia Red Robin is a recognisable variety from a distance thanks to its vibrant bright red foliage in spring and clusters of beautiful small blooms around May-June. Photina is a fairly quick growing evergreen shrub that is perfect for any garden as they are easy to grow and do not require much maintenance, and respond well to pruning that will help to keep them under control size-wise. They do grow around 1ft a year and the eventual height can…

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Why Are The Leaves On My Rhododendron Drooping – 8 Possible Reasons

Why Are The Leaves On My Rhododendron Drooping – 8 Possible Reasons

Last updated on November 5th, 2021 Rhododendrons are typically healthy plants known worldwide for their brightly coloured spring blooms. This sturdy plant comes in many different varieties of varying heights and foliage mass. If you have one in your garden, you might start worrying once you notice foliage starting to curl inwards or droop. Please, do not panic, finding the root cause of the problem will go a long way in restoring your Rhododendron’s health. Below is a checklist of…

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Pruning Acer Trees and Shrubs – When and how to prune Japanese Maples

Pruning Acer Trees and Shrubs – When and how to prune Japanese Maples

Last updated on November 5th, 2021 Worth the centrepiece position in any garden and one of my personal favourites, Acer trees, also known as Japanese maples possess an understated elegance throughout the seasons. Their colourful foliage in spring together with bare branches in winter always offers visual interest to many. Regardless of whether you have a smaller variety like Acer palmatum or Acer platanoides, which is a larger variety; occasional pruning is essential in maintaining the shape and size of…

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When and How to Prune Buxus Topiary and Hedging

When and How to Prune Buxus Topiary and Hedging

Last updated on November 5th, 2021 Buxus, otherwise known as box plants can be trimmed into different captivating shapes to add some visual spice to your garden and these evergreen shrubs have dense foliage that is perfect for forming hedges around your property. To maintain the shape, regardless if you use them for hedging or topiary, requires pruning at least once a year but the key is to prune at the right time to encourage new growth, avoid burning the…

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How to Prune Pieris – Rejuvenating woody plants and general pruning

How to Prune Pieris – Rejuvenating woody plants and general pruning

Last updated on November 5th, 2021 If you are one who usually likes to grow low-maintenance plants, Pieris shrubs should probably be top of your list. These evergreen shrubs which come in many varieties with ‘Forest Flame’ probably being the most popular because of the young fiery red foliage are used for ornamental purposes due to their colourful foliage, and small clustered blooms that attract insects like bees early in the season. Although Pieris shrubs are low-maintenance plants, pruning is…

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