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Tips for May

  • Plants for May – Aquilegia vulgaris, alliums, peonies, Tulip ‘Spring Green’ and Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’.
  • Plant out summer bedding.
  • Plant out dahlias and take cuttings of their young shoots.
  • Support tall herbaceous plants while they are small.
  • Plant hardy chrysanthemums for autumn flowering.
  • Feed daffodils a rose or tomato feed.
  • Dig up and store tulips after flowering.
  • Take soft cuttings of garden shrubs.
  • Trim formal hedges of box, yew, lonicera or santolina.
  • Feed lawns for good summer growth.
  • Plant tomatoes under glass.
  • Sow and plant tender vegetables outdoors like courgettes, French and runner beans, tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • Prune plum and cherry trees now the sap is rising.

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.