Growing

When Can I Move Snowdrops?

Snowdrops are fantastic little flowerers when all is dull and grey in January. Why not increase your snowdrop colony by dividing a few, or even asking a friend if you could steal a few to start your own. There is much talk about when to move ...

Humane Cat and Bird Scarer for the Garden

We all love to see animals and birds in our garden. However it can be incredibly frustrating when we have just sown grass seed on our newly prepared lawn or annuals direct in the soil amongst our borders to see a neighbouring cat or even worse ...

Garden Design Ideas Impressive Plants for Handsome Borders

Garden Design, Planting Ideas: Impressive Plants for Handsome Borders Planting borders can be a daunting prospect. There are so many rules to follow and questions to ask before selecting the right plant for the right place. Even after that rigid ...

Basic Pruning Tips and Tricks for Shrubs

Shrubs love a good prune! We have put together a simple pruning guide to help keep your shrubs in tiptop condition. Spring flowering shrubs basic rules Prune immediately after flowering. The flowers next year will be produced on this ...

Should I Re-Turf or Create a New Lawn from Scratch?

One of the most common questions we hear is: “What should I do with my lawn? I think I need to get it re-turfed”. Our answer is, that in 90% of cases, this is not necessary. With a little bit of spraying, raking, seed spreading and watering you ...

How to keep your Hyacinths going after Christmas

What should you do when your beautifully scented Hyacinth flowers have all gone over? Snip off the hyacinth flower spike. Put the pot outside in a sheltered position and let the green leaves die back naturally. Remove the brown and ...

Lawn Fertiliser Guide

The Simple Guide to Lawn Fertiliser There are a huge array of lawn fertilisers on the market today. How do you know if you are buying the right one and getting your value for money? All fertilisers, whether they are for lawns or plants, are ...

How to Repair Bare Patches in Lawns

  By the time we have trudged up and down our lawns over a cold wet winter, our lawns can look a little bit bare.These patches can easily be repaired in Spring or Autumn if your lawn has had a hard summer. One of the many questions that ...

My Rhododendron’s Stop Flowering What’s Wrong?

We get many questions about rhododendrons at The Perfect Garden, so we have put together a few pointers to keep your rhodies flowering! As with most plants, garden centres will sell rhododendrons when they look their best which is in full flower. ...

Tips for the Fastest and Most Successful Way to Germinate Seeds

Whether you are starting a border from scratch or just need to fill a few gaps, why not fill it with annuals? Annuals are plants that you can sow direct into the ground or into pots and then plant out when the weather is a bit warmer. They ...

What Can I Grow Early In The Greenhouse

Have you thought about growing an early crop of mangetout in the greenhouse? Sow in March and you could have a delicious crop of sweet mangetout by May. Most peas are grown outside and will produce a lovely fresh harvest in July.There is something ...

Whitefly, Blackfly and Sooty Mould are Attacking My Plants

The weather will soon warm up and we will be eager to get into the greenhouse to pot on our plants for the summer. Unfortunately with the joy of growing plants comes the inevitable greenhouse pests! Whitefly feed on the sap from the leaves and ...

Looking After Poinsettias at Christmas and Beyond

The first day of December marks the start of Christmas but how early can we buy our poinsettias? and can we really keep them going past Christmas and beyond? The answer is yes! follow our few simple steps to  'over-summering!' and preparing your ...