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April Gardens

Easter is an exciting time in the gardening year. There is so much to do in all areas. The garden centre is a wonderful place to be, the colour in the plant area is inspiring, and we love watching our customers selecting and planning their gardens from our large choice of plants. 

Now is a great time to start planting your potatoes, vegetables, strawberries and sweet peas. Some can go straight into their final position, while others will need growing in a greenhouse or coldframe first. If you are unsure speak to a member of our plant team who are experts in their field,. Or you can ask them on our PGC Plant Doctor Facebook group, it is monitored regularly and one of our plant area staff will get back to you quickly (you can click on the image below to go to the page!).

Also, If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse you can start to plant your hanging baskets and get them really well established in the comfort of the glasshouse. They will soon fill the space given and will be a wealth of colour when they are finally put out in May. There are so many new and interesting plants that can now be bought to furnish them and these will go right through until late autumn if carefully watered and fed through the summer months.

With Easter coming up we have a wonderful selection of Easter Planters, all filled with colour for your doorstep to welcome in the new season (and the Easter Bunny of course!). Plus we have a brilliant range of indoor Easter Gifts in our Gift Department too!

Do you like to cook and eat in your outdoor living space? It is a great time to be thinking ahead to the months to come by planting pots of vegetables and herbs around the patio. These can be used to flavour your fish and meat dishes whilst you relax in the heat of your chrome topped outdoor heat source. Imagine picking your own thyme and parsley from the pots within yards of the barbecue or even sitting down in the heat of the summer and eating a pot grown peach warmed by the sun. I even pick my own lemons grown on small trees that sit right next to our chairs. These are great with grilled seafood. The scent from the citrus flowers is awesome! 

Happy Spring Gardening!

Fiona and Derek

Things to do in April

  1. Plant out sweet peas now for a great show

  2. Cut lawns on a regular basis

  3. Feed roses and shrubs with the appropriate feeds

  4. Spray roses against Blackspot and mildew.

  5. Sow salad crops such as lettuce and swiss chard

  6. Plant your tomatoes and cucumbers in growbags

  7. Pot up your begonia tubers into their final pots and protect from frosts

  8. Finally, take every opportunity to sit out in the spring sunshine ☀

Plant of the month

Scabious (Pincushion Flower)

A gentle, quaint flowerhead stands tall above understated leaves. It makes a perfect cut flower, but would you want to pick it?! A fantastic pollinator attracting bees and butterflies to your garden from Spring and all summer long!

They need to be regularly deadheaded, watered in dry spells, and are a reliable performer in the bed or border. Perfect for coastal gardens to cottage gardens, they will tolerate most soils and look beautiful in pots too.

A versatile plant and pollinator friendly too... it ticks all our boxes!