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Tips for June

  • Plants for June – Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchard’, Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’, Philadelphus coronaries, bearded irises and Campanula lactiflora ‘Pritchard’s Variety’.
  • Sow biennials like wallflower, sweet William and Iceland poppy, plus polyanthus and winter pansies.
  • Sow ripe hellebore seeds.
  • Tidy oriental poppies after flowering.
  • Plant anemone tubers for autumn flowers.
  • Plant up patio containers for the summer.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs like weigela, philadelphus, kolkwitzia and deutzia after blooms have faded.
  • Train climbing roses.
  • Plant cauliflowers in rich soil.
  • Hoe to reduce weeds.
  • Check watering equipment and methods in case of drought.

Links to interesting sites

Allotment growing www.allotment-garden.org

Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk

Society of Garden Designers www.sgd.org.uk

Rock Unique www.rock-unique.com

Creative Landscapes www.creative-landscapes.net

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.