Now is the perfect time to get your hanging baskets started for a stunning Summer display.
Hanging baskets, containers and flower pouches add a whole new dimension to gardening, helping to utilise all the available space. With hanging baskets and flower pouches you can brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add colour to those tricky shady areas. Whatever size basket you are doing, the basic rules are the same, water regularly and feed fortnightly. For a traditional hanging basket, plant an upright focal plant in the centre, 4-6 trailing plants around the edge and fill in with bedding plants. To try to make things easy for beginners or those who might feel overwhelmed, we have a range of tub and basket plants 'Proven Winners'. The Proven Winners consist of 3 recipes, each recipe contains 3 plants, Bermuda Skies which consists of a Surfinia Salmon, Lobelia Blue White Eye and a Calibrachoa Superbells Lemon Slice. All fired up consists of Calibrachoa Superbells Orange, Nemesia Sunsatia Pomelo and Verbena Scarlet Lace. Purple haze consists of Surfinia Bordeaux, Surfinia Royal Velvet and Verbena Lilac Blue. Each of these plants has gone through rigorous trials and tests to determine their ease of growth, robustness, weather resistance, vigour and flower power. Due to this, the plants are of the highest quality and put on a fantastic display right through the Summer.

Plant of the month

This month is it the Olive Tree

Anyone who knows about geography will know that the olive line is a line that determines the latitude from the UK below which olives will fruit with success. This line is somewhere near the south of France. Above this line the olive fruits will not ripen except in odd years when the summer is a good one.

Here in the UK we are well above the Olive line but this does not mean that the tree is useless to us. There are over a hundred varieties of Olives and they are grown for oil or for culinary or eating purposes but there is an exceptionally hardy variety called cipressina that is very cold and wet tolerant. This tree suits the UK very well and fills a very wide gap in our plant world. It is one of the only evergreen slow growing trees that can be bought today .There are so few evergreen trees and this one is perfect for most gardens. You won’t get any edible olives from it but the flowers have a wonderful scent.

To get edible olives you need to get fresh 41 fruits from below the south of France and soak them for about 48 days, changing the water every day to get rid of the bitterness. Sounds like too much of a chore to me. Enjoy your tree though and be sure to buy the right variety.