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Tips for March

  • Plants for March – Vinca minor (evergreen lesser periwinkle), Epimedium grandiflorum (tinted leaves), Chaenomeles x superba (flowering quince) and primroses.
  • Start tender fuchsias into growth with moisture and warmth, and take cuttings.
  • Take spring cuttings of tender bedding plants like pelargoniums, marguerites and petunias.
  • Plant sweet peas outdoors.
  • Grow perennials from seed in trays or modules in the greenhouse.
  • Lift and divide overgrown perennials.
  • Use beer traps to prevent slug damage to emerging shoots.
  • Plant lily of the valley.
  • Split polyanthus after flowering.
  • Plant snowdrops in the green.
  • Pot up chrysanthemums for late colour.
  • Prune shrubs with colourful stems like willows, dogwoods and brambles.
  • Prune winter-flowering heathers and leggy hebes after the winter.
  • Prepare large shrubs now for moving in autumn.
  • Repair damaged lawns, revive growth with a feed and begin to mow. Ensure mower is at its highest setting.
  • Plant asparagus crowns.
  • Plant early potatoes.


Links to interesting sites

Allotment growing

Royal Horticultural Society

Society of Garden Designers

Rock Unique

Creative Landscapes

New legislation for front garden paving

The Government is hoping to steer the public to use more environmentally friendly products in their front gardens.

From October 2008, home owners in England must apply for planning permission if they want to pave their front garden with an impermeable material, such as asphalt. Planning permission is not required if you use a porous or permeable product which will reduce flooding and its subsequent damage.