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Tips for April

  • Plants for April – Clematis alpina ‘Ruby’, Berberis x stenophylla, Prunus avium ‘Plena’, Pulsatilla vulgaris and doronicums.
  • Sow hardy annual outdoors where they are to grow.
  • Sow annual climbers like morning glory, cathedral bells and climbing nasturtium.
  • Buy summer bedding as plugs to grow on in a greenhouse or cold frame.
  • Clean up the borders.
  • Plant new herbaceous plants.
  • Pinch off spent bulb heads.
  • Plant gladioli corms.
  • Prune wall-trained quinces back to 1-2 buds after they have flowered.
  • Feed and mulch roses.
  • Begin to mow lawns but ensure the mower is at its highest setting.
  • Sow French beans in pots under glass.
  • Sow maincrop leeks and peas outdoors.
  • Plan for late crops and winter supplies.
  • Feed outdoor plants to stimulate growth.

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.