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As soon as the threat of frosts is past
planting out can begin in earnest.

Annual* bedding plants and
tender perennials* can be hardened off by removing them from the
greenhouse and placing them in a cold frame.  Initially the
cold frame will have to be covered at night, but gradually the
cover can be left off so that eventually the plants will be
ready to plant out in the open garden.

It is always best to plant either
in the early morning or in the evening.  This lets plants
take up water from the soil as well as minimising stress from
the midday heat.  Both Cannas and Dahlias will benefit from
a generous mulch of compost as they are hungry feeders.


Other plants, such as trees and shrubs,
can also be planted but the roots need to be thoroughly soaked before
planting.  If the plants are given an occasional drenching over the
summer rather than regular watering this will encourage roots to seek
water for themselves rather than rely on frequent watering.

Staking plants is best done before they
get too large.  To minimise staking some plants can be given a
‘Chelsea Chop’.  This is where the stems are pinched back by a
third to a half of their original size.  It produces a later
flowering plant which is more compact and self supporting.  This is
normally done around the time of the Chelsea flower show – hence the
name.  It works well with plants like Phlox, Sedum, Campanula and

shrubsRhododendrons and Camellias
can be pruned after flowering. 

A light trim maintains a good
shape, but mature plants that have outgrown their space can be
pruned right back into old wood leaving a stump. 

This may look drastic but if
the plants are given a good feed and mulch they will respond

Keep on top of the weeds by hoeing in
the morning and leaving the weeds to shrivel in the sun.

Last of all, don’t forget to admire
your hard work and enjoy your garden.


* Annual plants are those that germinate,
flower and die each year/season.

* Perennials are plants that last for
several years and, once mature, will flower each year.

Herbaceous plants are plants that do
not have woody stems.  They form new flowering stems each year
before seeding then dying back to ground level in the Autumn.



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