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Give your perennials the Chelsea chop

Give your perennials the Chelsea chop this week to double their flower power and help them grow stocky and strong.

This handy technique gets its name from the timing: it's traditionally carried out in the week after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It works on any clump-forming perennial, but you'll find it's particularly useful on those which are otherwise a little prone to flopping, like Sedum spectabile, Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' and Helenium 'Moorheim Beauty'.

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Thin out spring-sown seedlings

Thin out spring-sown seedlings to give them plenty of room to spread out and grow tall and strong. Whether it's annual flower seeds sown in your border, or carrots, beetroot and lettuce in the veg garden, however sparingly you sprinkle it's likely a few too many seedlings will come up, and the rows get a little crowded.

That's mostly a good thing, as it allows for a few casualties to slugs or poor germination. But there comes a time when they start competing...

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Plant of the week - Roses

Most people agree that a garden wouldn’t be a garden without a rose or three!

And of course they don't have to be rose bushes - they can be climbers, ramblers, ground-hugging roses and miniatures that can stay in pots all year round.

Many of the traditional problems with roses have been addressed by rose breeders and experts in recent years, and there are many varieties now that have been bred specifically for resistance against some of the common pest...

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its 100th birthday this week with a more-than-usually dazzling display of perfect blooms and breathtakingly beautiful show gardens.

Highlights of the show this year include a public vote to choose the Plant of the Centenary, the best plant to emerge from the last 100 years. It's a tough choice: among the finalists are spectacularly colourful Russell lupins, 'yak' rhododendrons and the ever-popular 'Iceberg' rose. Once yo...

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Plant of the week - New Guinea Imps

Beautiful, versatile and available in a variety of different colours, 'New Guinea Imps' are available now and add extra height to a bedding scheme compared with traditional Busy Lizzes - but are still as versatile in tubs, pots, baskets (perhaps as the centrepiece) and anywhere else there is a hole in the garden!

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Coppice eucalyptus trees

Coppice eucalyptus trees to keep them at a manageable size, turning them from trees into willowy, graceful shrubs that sit beautifully among other plants.

There are dozens of varieties of eucalyptus, some with multicoloured or peeling bark, others with silvery evergreen and fragrant foliage. You'll find a good selection in your favourite garden centre. However if left to their own devices most make sizeable trees, far too big for all but the largest gardens.<<span class=more>...

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Square foot vegetable gardening

Short of space in the garden? Then this is the technique for you. All you need is a single raised bed to enjoy a wide variety of fruit and veg all year round. Here's how:

Build your raised bed: a raised bed: 1.2m x 1.2m gives you 16 squares – and with one type of veg in each, that's quite a range of home-grown produce to pick. Ready-made raised beds, available from your favourite garden centre, click t...

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Lily Beetles

Look out for lily beetles as they can be a real menace at this time of year. They attack not only oriental and asiatic lilies, but also members of the same family including fritillaries and the spectacular Cardiocrinum, which grows to a massive 2m in height and is a real head-turner in the late summer garden.

The adult beetles are very pretty, in brilliant scarlet with a jet-black head and legs. But their grubs are among the ugliest in the garden: found in th...

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Plant of the week - Osteospernum

'Osteos' are such good value for money.  They are perennials, meaning they go from one year to next (in normal circumstances), and get bigger each time!  

The flowers open and close with the sun, creating a stunning display - and the plants come in several different colours, with white, oranges, yellows and purples being among the most popular.  Come and have a look at our beautiful selection!

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Daffodils

Lift and divide daffodil clumps just after they've finished flowering, to prevent them getting too overcrowded. Left to themselves, bulbs multiply to the point where they've no longer got the room or resources to flower, resulting in 'blind' clumps which fail to flower, so keep an eye on your daffs and if any are showing signs of feeble or non-existent flowering it's time to sort them out.

Using a garden fork to avoid damaging the bulbs, lift the whole clump...

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