Colin Evans garden tips
Shrubs are flowering, tomatoes are ripening and Colin is blooming with ideas on how to give your garden that special summer glow.
The late Spring colour is over and it's the turn of the summer plants. The bedding in the borders along with various flowering shrubs like the Philadelphus, Prunus Lucitanica, Rhododendrons and Azalea's will be coming into their own now.
On a recent trip to one of the local National Trust gardens I noted how the air was filled with the most wonderful fragrances. The plants were doing their best to encourage the bee population to pollinate their flowers. Not good if you suffer from hay fever, but great if you don't.
If you want some inspiration with choosing plants and where to plant them in your garden, take yourself off to one of the National Trust gardens. Alternatively you can get a copy of the Yellow Book, found in large newsagents and stationers.
Why not visit some of the gardens open under The Macmillan Nursing Scheme or The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance charities. Better still, listen out for me on Sunday mornings when I'll give you details of gardens open for that particular week.
Sambucus racemes 'Plumosa Aurea' is The Common Elderberry. The plant is grown mainly for it's bright green yellow leaves which adorn the plant throughout the summer.
The small white scented flowers with their flat heads are born in June. A very easy to grow shrub which will survive anywhere.
After flowering, Flag Irises can be lifted, divided and replanted in other parts of the garden or even potted. They can also be left where they are and given a trim back. This is done by cutting off the spent flower heads and reducing the foliage by half.
A little mulch around the base and feed will get them going, providing you with good flowering next year. Flowering Brooms will be past their best now.
Blue Flag Iris
Trim back the shrub to about half its size and put a mulch of Forest Bark around the base to keep the moisture in. Tomatoes in the greenhouse should be well on their way. Remove side shoots from the non bushy varieties and ensure liquid feed is given on a daily basis.
Watch out for Aphids, other pests and diseases. Spray them with an insecticide combined with a fungicide to keep the plants healthy.
last updated: 27/06/2008 at 11:41
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