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- Keep Sweet peas in flower for a long as possible
As well as sowing sweet peas at this time of year I’m also still picking them! Even in the windiest of weather and despite some recent sharp showers, they’ve stayed in bloom. The secret of getting a really long lasting display from these lovely annual plants is to keep picking them because this prevents the plants from setting seed.
- TOP TIPS for the best autumn bedding displays
Whether you want to plant up a traditional container display with bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs, or create a tapestry of colour in beds and borders that lasts from late autumn through to early summer; here are our top tips for getting the most from your autumn bedding plants.
- Inspiration from 2014 Harrogate Autumn Show
Did you get to see the show gardens at Harrogate? They were situated in the Avenue, with Community Spirit gardens and Inspiration Street which had some innovative front garden designs. It was well-named because we came away with plenty of inspiration.
- How to grow Indoor bulbs for Christmas
If you think it’s too early to think about Christmas, there is one notable exception! NOW is the right time to order indoor bulbs for forcing for Christmas.
- Get ahead with Autumn planting onions, shallots and garlic
Onions, shallots and garlic take up surprisingly little space and a good crop is guaranteed as long as they get sunshine to ripen the bulbs and enough moisture to make them juicy! If you’ve never tried growing them make this the year you grow your own. You’ll be hooked I promise!
- Favourite Hardy Annuals to sow now- meadow flowers
Sow hardy annuals for a bright ‘flower meadow’ look. Poppies and Californian poppies are perfect combined with other hardy annuals.
- Favourite Hardy Annuals to sow now - Poppies
Sow poppies. If you sow poppies directly outside now where you want them to flower you’ll have poppies in bloom early next summer.
- Favourite Hardy Annuals to sow now-Convolvulus 'Royal Ensign'
Convolvulus ‘Royal Ensign’ is an enchanting annual plant; don’t worry about this being a convolvulus because it’s a non-invasive form.
- How to Sow Hardy Annuals Outside
Autumn may feel chilly to us after the warmth of summer but soil is still warm and the season also promises abundant rain. This is the perfect combination for sowing seed of hardy annuals. When it comes to flowers October and November are usually the last months that you’ll get away with sowing seed outside, but a sowing of hardy annuals in September is always worthwhile