Instantly Impressive Ideas – August

1. August Species

Our species of the month is the lovely Lavender! Lavender is an extremely popular hedging shrub, whose distinctive look can be easily identified, bringing classical English essence to a garden. Famous for the wonderful spires of blue, purple and white flowers and the delightful fragrance that they produce, Lavender is grown around the world for its beauty, but also for the harvesting of its essential oils.

We stock 5 varieties of Lavender

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Munstead) can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shurb to your garden in any season. English Lavender plants can be used to create colourful borders or for under planting near established trees and hedging. Lavender Hidcote (Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote) Hidcote is a lovely variety of old fashioned English Lavender (introduced in 1950) but with dark purple flower spikes – stunning for large planting schemes. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ is a hardy variety native to the British Isles and is incredibly fragrant with vivid purple flowers that are a magnet for bees and other pollinators, making them an ideal companion to your fruit trees or garden veg patch. French Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) sometimes known as Spanish Lavender) has a number of differences from English Lavender hedge plants. Instead of flower spikes with narrow flowers, it has bracts on the end of the flower spikes – rather like ears. Often called Butterfly Lavender, this variety has produced distilled oil since the Middle Ages. Dwarf Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Little Lady’) is similar to that of hidcote but even smaller. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season. Dwarf Lavender prefers a sunny, sheltered site. Lavender ‘Little Lady’ is ideal for normal, well-drained soils, so make sure not to over-water this bushy plant. White Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Arctic Snow’) is a lovely pure white flowering variety of English Lavender. It can be planted throughout the year, allowing you to add this fragrant, attractive shrub to your garden in any season. These plants are available all year round. Plants bought in Autumn, Winter or Spring will flower in the first summer.

2. Garden Advice

Hedges will need a last trim before the colder seasons set in, some conifers will be okay as they will continue to grow until October, you can go over them then. Clip deciduous hedges such as BeechHawthorn, Birch and Hornbeam. Use shears or a hedge trimmer to cut off all of the new growth right back to the original hedge-line. When pruning hedges such as laurels, be conscious oto take of whole leaves rather than cutting through leaves, like with an electric trimmer, as this will leave the leaves to turn brown. Hedge cuttings can be added to your compost heap. Prune wisteria and climbing shrubs such as Pyracantha after flowering. Hebes and Lavenders can be given a light prune after flowering. Rambling roses can be pruned now, once they have finished flowering. Continue to deadhead shrubs, such as roses, to extend flowering into early autumn. Spindly specimens that have lost leaves can be cut back a little further when deadheading, to encourage new growth. Thoroughly soak drought-stressed plants and shrubs, especially newly planted ones. Use grey, recycled or stored rain water wherever possible. – Info taken from the RHS

3. Garden Design

Lavender in bloom..

4. Events

5. Impact Plant’s Story Of The Month

How a proud mum’s Facebook post got her kids into the Olympics

Cape Verde has never won an Olympic medal, and despite the country sending only four swimmers to the 2020 Olympics, siblings Latroya, Troy and Jayla Pina have all been chosen. They have never been to the archipelago nation off the north-west of Africa, but their mother was born there. The Pinas hope to follow in the footsteps of Simone Manuel, who in 2016, became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal. Video produced by Daniel South and Ian Cartwright Photo credit: Sports Hochi Japan Provided by the BBC

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