7 plants to add colour to spring borders

7 plants to add colour to spring borders

With Spring just around the corner, we thought we would put together a list of some of our favourite plants, shrubs and bulbs that will add colour to your garden at this time of year.     Narcissus Tête-à-tête One of the most popular in the Narcissus range, the Tête-à-tête’ is a dwarf daffodil, growing to around 20cm tall. These delightful flowers will start to appear early in Spring with their pale yellow petals and bright yellow trumpets. They will grow happily in full sun or part shade in a moist but well drained soil. Grow in pots or in the ground for a wonderful early Spring display. Deadhead when the flowers fade but leave the foliage to die down naturally.   Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (witch hazel ‘Arnold Promise’) We absolutely love Arnold Promise! A deciduous shrub which boasts sweet smelling yellow ribbon-like flowers in late winter or early spring. A great addition to a mixed border or used as a hedge or screen, this shrub will grow well in an acid to neutral, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It can grow up to 15ft in the right conditions.   Sarcococca (Sweet Box) With their creamy-white flowers, sweet vanilla fragrance and leathery leaves, Sarcococca is a fantastic winter-flowering shrub to add to your garden. The flowers are replaced with red, purple or black berries which can continue until the following winter. They are easy to grow and enjoy part to full shade with a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil. Prune in Spring after flowering. Great for beds and border or as groundcover.   Kalmia Latifolia (mountain laurel)...
Root One guide to potatoes

Root One guide to potatoes

Potato Terms Tuber Tubers are various types of plant structures that are enlarged to store nutrients. They are utilised by plants to survive the winter or dry months, to provide energy and nutrients for regrowth during the next growing season. Seed potato A potato that is intended for replanting to produce a new potato – and thus more tubers. Early These are small, new potatoes. First early potatoes will be ready to harvest approximately 13 weeks from the planting date. Ideal for growing in bags or containers. Maincrop Maincrop potato varieties produce larger potatoes perfect for baking and roasting. Potatoes will be ready for harvest after about 20 weeks of planting. Varieties We stock a number of seed potatoes, including those that are RHS approved; varieties that will perform reliably in the garden. First earlies: Foremost, Red Duke of York, Pentland Javelin, Premiere and Rocket. Second earlies: Charlotte, Nadine and Kestrel. Maincrops: Maxine, Picasso, Pink Fir Apple, Maris Piper and King Edward. Preparing Potatoes will grow in almost any soil, however they cultivate much better if the soil is enriched with organic matter. Potatoes grow best in an acid soil so add well-rotted manure and garden compost. It is also important that you do not lime soil at any time. You will improve your crop size and yield of the seed potato by “chitting” the potatoes before planting. Stand them, rose end up (the rose end is the one with the most small dents in the skin, or ‘eyes’) in an empty egg carton, somewhere that is cool, frost-free, and in good light. The aim is to produce small, sturdy,...
WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

We are pleased to announce that we are now stockists of the WOLF-Garten Multi-Change® range! The Multi-Change® is a unique system which allows you simply click any tool head from the range onto any of the handles and with a quick push of a button, release it, allowing you to quickly change tools whilst working. Chose from a simple trowel, fork or hoe, to a rake, brush or aerator, these tools make great gifts for the gardening fanatic too! Prices start at just £4.99 and we have some wonderful starter packs to get you going which include the handle and accessories, saving you money from the outset. The WOLF-Garten philosophy is to provide gardening tools of premium quality and performance that help make gardening easier and more enjoyable. All Wolf products undergo rigorous quality testing and every tool in the range is covered by a manufacturer’s...
Christmas has arrived!

Christmas has arrived!

We’ve transformed our Lady Gardener into a magical Christmas wonderland and it is now open for you to visit! You will find many wonderful decorations and fantastic gifts for all the family, ranging from baubles, tree lights and gonks to citrus & cinnamon wreaths, candles and much more. We also have some exciting new characters this year too…Sid and Sally sprout! Come and see what mischief they are up to next time you are in! If you are looking for a place to have a festive meal with your friends and family, why not book your festive dinner with the Root One Café – click here for more...
Autumn Lawn Care Guide

Autumn Lawn Care Guide

Autumn is one of the best times to treat your lawn, when there is time for the grass to respond before the soil gets to cold and hard and before growth terminates for the season. Step 1 – Weed & feed Start by tackling any moss that you may have. Evergreen Complete will not only kill moss, but will feed the lawn too. After a couple of weeks, the moss will turn black. You can then remove this by using a spring-tined rake, which will also remove any thatch from the lawn. Step 2 – Treat the ground Spike lawns with an aerator to allow the movement of air and water to the roots. There are several types of aerator to do the job, or you can even use a garden fork. Make air channels every 10cm (4in) across the lawn. Use a top dressing – a mixture of loam, sand and well-rotted organic matter to improve soil quality. Brush this dressing across the surface of the lawn so that it fills the holes, allowing air and water into the lawn. Step 3 – Sow seed or lay turf If you are laying a new lawn, or if you need to replace an existing, now is the best time to lay new turf or sew seed. See our Johnsons Lawn Seed guide below to chose the right one for your garden. We also stock turf at this time of year for that instant impact, feel free to give us a call to check our stock levels before you visit. Shady Place – Great for shady places such as under trees, next to walls...