• Instantly Impressive Ideas – November

    October 25, 2021 | Monthly Gardening Advice

    1. November Species

    Our species of the month has to be the thorny Pyracantha. This evergreen hedging plant is a dense and spiny so it is ideal as an intruder deterrent. This variety is also chosen for its profuse, long lasting red berries in Autumn and we also love it for its highly scented creamy flowers in May.

    It is a tough, hardy plant which grows quite quickly (approx 50cm p.a.) and should be pruned after flowering to expose the spent flowers, which will become berries, to sunshine. It’s very easy to grow in most soils and sun or partial shade but is not suitable for seaside gardens, very dense shade, or very windy sites.

    The network of armoured stems make it a great nesting site for small birds – with “breakfast in bed” in Winter when they feast on the ripe berries.

    We sell Pyracantha in 3 colours...

    2. Gardening Advice

    Root ball hedging is now available to order with all species now being lifted. Bare roots are to be lifted soon, anyone expecting bare roots this season please bear in mind that there is a knock on effect from the drastic weather we had during the growing season, meaning that bare roots are generally smaller than they should be this year. The late, harsh winter followed by a long hot summer has had drastic effect on the planting conditions. This is a well known issue across the horticulture industry, this does not mean that plants are of a lower standard and once planted and cared for, they will soon catch up to their expectations.

    Remember that bare roots need to be planted straight away before they dry out, but if you do need to wait a couple of days before planting, make sure you keep them in a cold environment, like a shed for example and keep them watered. Don’t forget you can still order pot-grown trees and shrubs for planting in the winter which will make more of an impact than bare root hedging.

    This is also a good time to transplant trees and shrubs growing in unsuitable positions. However, if they are more than a couple of years old, you are unlikely to be able to remove an intact enough rootball to ensure the plant’s survival in its new position, and you may be best advised to leave well alone.

    taken from RHS

    3. Garden Design

    This month we are very much into the warmer tones of Autumn, in particular Red. Which is also suited to colours you will be seeing this bonfire weekend. Take a look how you can add reds into the garden. We suggest using Red PyracanthaDogwood Red and Dogwood Vivid Red Stemmed, Photinia Red Robin and Phormium Bronzed Baby.

    4. Events

    Whilst the big bonfire night events around the UK have been cancelled, you can still enjoy fireworks in your gardens! Click here to learn all about the UK firework safety rules and keep yourselves and local wildlife safe this bonfire night.

    5. Impact Plants Story Of The Month

    UK urban areas now leafier than some national parks

    The vital role that towns and cities can play in tackling the climate crisis and boosting biodiversity was underscored this week by the results of an aerial survey, which found that some of the most densely populated urban areas in England and Wales have more trees in them than national parks.

    Two London boroughs – Camden and Croydon, where thousands of trees have been planted in recent years – were ranked among the 20th places in England and Wales to have the most trees. By contrast, parts of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District had some of the fewest.

    According to the research, conducted by Bluesky International, Surrey Heath has the highest percentage of trees in England. It wasn’t always this way: the Woodland Trust claims the area was once dominated by open heathland and pastures, and has since regenerated.

    taken from positive.news

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