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image SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS
All summer flowering bulbs such as alliums, eucomis, lilies and gladioli should be planted now.
image FEEDING & PEST CONTROL
Feed roses soft fruit and container plants with general purpose fertiliser. Treat aphid infestations early; it makes them easier to control. You can find out more at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
image LIFT & DIVIDE PERENIALS
To keep plants healthy, most herbaceous perenials benefit from being lifted and divided every two to four years. Lift a clump such as Delphinium or Phlox with a garden fork, remove excess soil and pull smaller plants apart by hand or with a small fork. You can use a spade or small knife for plants with woody crowns or fleshy roots. Cut the plant up into smaller pieces by retaining the younger growth on the outside of the clump and discarding the centre. Make sure the divisions have three to five shoots and a good root system. Plant as soon as possible after improving the soil with garden compost or well rotted manure.Find out more at the RHS website here www.RHS.org.uk
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DROUGHT FRIENDLY PLANTS
Argyranthemum: Daisy like flowers growing more than 100cm tall to brighten up the back of the flowerbed. Cosmos: Pretty flowers available in lots of colours can grow up to 60cm tall. Pelagonium(Geranium): These plants are great through a long dry summer but remember to dead head the flowers regularly to keep them blooming throughout the season.Lavandula: bright purple flower with a lovely smell. Sunflower: Easy to grow from march onwards. Find out more here www.RHS.org.uk