Gardening tips of the month

How to plant a rose

How to plant a rose

The following instructions are suitable for planting a potted rose

Roses are a beautiful addition to the garden, they can also hold great sentimental value. They often have celebratory names such as Silver Wedding, Especially For You and Mum In a Million making roses the perfect gift. There are various forms of roses: climbing, patio and shrub roses being some of them. Roses are very easy to grow as long as certain basic needs are met - They should be grown in well drained soil, in a sunny spot (at least 4 hours of sun per day), you should fertilize the rose throughout the growing season, monitor it for diseases and prune the rose.

When to plant roses?

Containerised and container-grown roses can be planted all year round, providing that the ground isn’t frozen or too dry. 

Where’s best to plant my rose?

Most roses need at least 4 hours of sun per day but some will grow well in partial shade. They should also be planted in a fairly sheltered position. They mostly need moist but well-drained soil. Please see the instructions on the label for the individual needs of the rose. Roses can be planted in a container but it is important as always to feed your rose throughout the growing season. 


How to plant my rose?

Firstly, when your rose arrives you should give it a good drink of water, water it generously prior to planting. Secondly you need to prepare the soil by removing any weeds or large stones,  this will allow the rose roots to establish and move into their new home. Then you must dig a hole big enough for the rose roots - we would recommend digging a hole at least twice the size of the pot the rose has arrived in. Once you have dug the hole we would recommend placing either some Farm Yard Manure or a slow release plant food such as Bone Meal. You should then carefully remove the rose from the growers pot and carefully position the rose in the soil. You should then carefully back fill with the soil that was dug out to make the hole for the rose. When this has been done, firm the soil around the rose either with your hands or feet. Finally, then you should give your rose another water. 

How to care for my roses throughout the year

We would recommend feeding your rose at the beginning of the growing season (Late March/Early April approx) and after the first blooming cycle has finished, this will encourage stronger blooms and repeat flowers.

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How, where and when do I plant my summer bulbs?

How, where and when do I plant my summer bulbs?

When summer bulbs are mentioned, we are talking about bulbs that grow and flower in the summer-time and the same if we were talking about spring bulbs, they would be planted earlier on to bloom in the spring. Bulbs are inexpensive and if you love the garden then it’s a tremendous pass time as you focus on your garden project. Some of the most popular summer bulbs include Dahlias, Peonies, Begonias, Gladioli and Lillies to name a few. Summer bulbs often can’t survive the frosty cold weather in the winter, therefore they should be lifted before the risk of frost and stored in a dry, frost-free place, they can then be replanted again in the spring.

When do I plant my summer bulbs?

Tender summer bulbs such as Gladioli are typically planted in the spring so they can miss any cold weather, but hardy summer bulbs like Lilies and Alliums can be planted in September/October. Most summer bulbs will thrive in warm soil and toasty sun so if you live in a warm to mild climate you can plant them earlier on in spring but if you live in a cold climate like the majority of the UK then planting later on in spring/ early summer is your best option. Some people start to plant them indoors at a warm temperature then move them outdoors when there is no risk of frost. You can speed up and enhance growth of the bulbs by regularly applying all-purpose fertilizer, this will help gain more and better flowers.

Where can I plant my summer bulbs?

Summer bulbs can be planted in borders, beds and containers, we recommend planting them in soil which can be directly hit by sun and out of the wind but this can vary depending on each variety of bulb and so can the placement depth, this can be found on the instructions of your bulbs. Bulbs are fast growers and often grown together as groups so keen gardeners often plant them in between slower growing shrubs to fill gaps in their borders or beds.

How to plant summer bulbs?

As a rule of thumb, we say to plant the bulbs three times as deep as their size. This can be done by trowel or quicker using a bulb planter.  We also recommended filling them in with compost or manure, this will help them grow and store energy. Each variety of bulb has different requirements so it’s good practice to read the label of the instructions before planting.

Further comments… 

On a whole, summer bulbs are inexpensive, fast growing and very rewarding. Summer bulbs are extremely popular and it’s recommended that you purchase them as soon as possible as they aren’t restocked until the following year and the popular varieties often sell out first. We hope this blog has helped you in planting summer bulbs, if you have any questions for us email us at

Thank you and happy gardening :)

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September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips


Firstly we would like to address how excited we are to be on our journey as a new online garden centre. Our aim is to make your gardening experience a better one by providing you with the most beautiful plants delivered directly to your door. We are so grateful to those who have already ordered with us and we feel we can really build a community who are passionate about gardening and the benefits our shared passion can bring. We hope you enjoy our first blog and that it helps you on your gardening journey!

September is generally a cooler month in the garden making it the perfect time to get your garden Autumn & Winter ready. 

Autumn & Winter Bedding

Colour doesn’t need to stop in the summer, many of us have got used to having a beautiful, flowering, colourful pot & basket at our front door along with bright flowers in our beds and borders. Replace your summer bedding with Autumn & Winter Bedding - Pansies, Violas, Sweet Williams, Cyclamen, Primulas and Wall flowers are the main favourites, with pansies & violas flowering through until March 2021 with minimal care. Replace your summer trailers with trailing ivy, variegated ivy can be a real eye catcher. 


Invest in your spring garden by planting bulbs now. Bulbs will provide a beautiful, vibrant display every year with very little maintenance. They can be planted in beds & borders as well as containers. We highly recommend underplanting your Autumn & Winter bedding with spring bulbs to add excitement and prolong flowering to your displays. We recommend shopping early to ensure you get the best choice of bulbs. 

Plant hardy evergreens

Our top 4 shrubs for a fabulous autumn & winter display are heucheras, Skimmias, Nandinas Viburnums and Angel Wings which will provide glorious displays all winter. 


Grasses are becoming increasingly popular and its no wonder why. A lot of ornamental grasses are evergreen and provide variety and movement in your Autumn & Winter displays. 


Refresh your compost by raking the soil to improve drainage, you can also purchase some new compost/soil improver/manure to refresh your beds and borders. Remember compost generally has 3 months feed, give your plants the right nutrients now so that they can provide wonderful displays next year.


Is there anything more rewarding than feeding birds in your garden? Now is the perfect time to start feeding the birds if you don’t already. Feeding the birds in the winter months will also benefit your garden in the spring when they can help deter slugs and snails. 

House Plants

House plants also become even more popular during the winter months along with culinary herbs to grow in the kitchen window, to add to your hearty, home made food dishes.

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