Flower of the month

Your Home and Garden - - Outdoor Diary -

With their dis­tinc­tive fra­grance and huge range of flower va­ri­eties, car­na­tions are long­time favourites for or­na­men­tal gar­dens and flower dis­plays. To grow them, choose a sunny spot with plenty of space around plants, good mois­ture and a lit­tle pro­tec­tion from west­erly and southerly winds. Add lots of or­ganic mat­ter at plant­ing then sprin­kle a mixed fer­tiliser as they come into bud. Pinch­ing back early-flow­er­ing stems will en­sure com­pact, sturdy plants and bet­ter bloom­ing. Cut back hard af­ter flow­er­ing has fin­ished for re­peat blooms.

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