Head Gardeners’ Tips

November 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener, Salisbury

November 2018

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november 2018

Sallie Sillars - Head Gardener, Scotland

november 2018

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October 2018

October 16 2018

Jacqui Martin-Lof - Head Gardener Stoke Mandeville

October 2018

Autumn Cuttings - Salvia Amistad "Our Salvia Amistad have put on a fantastic show this year, their first year in a newly planted garden! Some perennials are hardier than others but to ensure that we have some plants for next year, and to safeguard against a particularly cold winter we are taking a few Autumn cuttings". Click read more to find out to find out what Jacqui recommends to ensure you will have some new Salvia Amistads to plant out in your border next year!

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October 2018

October 09 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener Salisbury

October 2018

"Sow some Sweet Pea seeds now in pots or deep modules (they like plenty of root-room). They will germinate quickly and can be kept in a cold-frame over winter. Autumn-sown Sweet Peas will be ready to plant out by April, and give a good early display".

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July 2018

July 12 2018

Sallie Sillars - Head Gardener, Scotland

July 2018

Head Gardener in Scotland Sallie Sillars has her top tip for gardening in July, "In extreme growing conditions the best tip I have heard is to add organic matter to the topsoil to improve water retention in dry spells and a protective layer in harsh frosts. Composted leaf mulch is soil elixir and is top of my autumn activities. Hope you and your gardens are all enjoying the sunshine!"

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July 2018

July 05 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener, Salisbury

July 2018

"In this hot, dry weather it’s important to water plants effectively. A really good soak every few days is better than a daily sprinkle, and try to water in the early morning rather than in the heat of the day. Water containers slowly, so the water can really soak in rather than just run down between the root ball and the inside of the pot".

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March 2018

March 08 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener, Salisbury

March 2018

"March is the time to lift and divide overgrown clumps of summer-flowering perennials, as they're just coming into growth. Lift the old clump with a fork, and then prise apart with a couple of forks back to back".

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February 2018

February 12 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener Salisbury

February 2018

"Once Snowdrops have finished flowering, take stock of where they are in the borders. Now's the time to move and divide any clumps which might not quite look right - maybe they could be moved to a more visible spot for next year? February is also the time to buy Snowdrops 'in the green', which is far the best way to augment your displays. You can never have too many snowdrops! Do make sure that you only buy from a reputable supplier, and that plants haven't been dug up (illegally) from the wild".

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January 2018

January 08 2018

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener, Salisbury

January 2018

"It’s dark and cold outside, and everyone’s recovering from Christmas festivities. What better way to dispel the January blues than to cast your mind ahead to summer, and order your dahlias? The specialist suppliers will have the best selection available now, and you can spend a few happy hours (indoors!) browsing catalogues and dreaming of all that late summer colour. My favourite from this season was ‘Black Touch’, a Fimbriata variety with lovely deep crimson flowers – great for cutting - which kept going well into November".

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March 2018

March 01 2018

Sallie Sillars - Head Gardener, Scotland

March 2018

"February is almost the last chance for that spring clean! By now you should have a collection of clean tools, washed pots and trays ready to use so now turn your attention to the greenhouse. I am opting to steam clean the glass, wipe down surfaces and remove any leaf matter gathered over the winter to reduce the chance of plant pathogens taking hold. Topped off by a good airing on any milder days! Now the Spring sowing and growing can commence!"

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April 2018

April 03 2017

Stephen Hackett - Head Gardener, Salisbury

April 2018

"Sow annuals indoors now, and they'll be ready to plant out in the cutting border by mid May, when frosts shouldn't be a problem. Cosmos are great value but named varieties produce more flowers. Try 'Rubenza' (deep red) or 'Purity' (white)".

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June 2018

June 01 2017

Jacqui Martin-Lof - Head Gardener, Stoke Mandeville

June 2018

"Now is the perfect time to carefully dig up self sown seedlings before they become too large, try not to disturb the roots. Replant to the same depth in prepared soil and water well. Self sown seedlings could include; Erigeron, Verbena bonariensis, Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascene), Aquilegia vulgaris, Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), Astrantia to name but a few".

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