SUM­MER TIPS

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im­pact. If the en­trance is sunny, choose marigold, salvia, nico­tiana, petunia and vinca, with trail­ing lo­belia and alyssum to soften the edges. The Madeira se­ries of mar­guerite daisies (ar­gy­ran­the­mums) are com­pact grow­ing and very florif­er­ous, mak­ing them ideal for con­tain­ers.

Plants for shady en­trances in­clude hy­drangeas in half-bar­rels or large pots, and in smaller pots, fuch­sias, bed­ding be­go­nia and New Guinea im­pa­tiens. Tore­nias are com­pact with dainty flow­ers of blue, pur­ple or pink with yel­low throats, and are suit­able for edg­ings, beds, pots, hang­ing bas­kets and win­dow boxes.

Wa­ter roses deeply once a week if no sig­nif­i­cant amount of rain falls, and mulch to con­serve mois­ture, al­ways avoid­ing con­tact with the stems. Dead-head­ing roses is a form of sum­mer prun­ing, but leave suf­fi­cient fo­liage to pro­tect the stems.

Sum­mer rains wash away nu­tri­ents in gar­dens. Fer­tilise lawns with Blade Run­ner, shrubs and flow­ers with Bounce­back, and feed con­tainer plants with Mul­tifeed Clas­sic, a wa­ter­sol­u­ble fer­tiliser.

SEA­SONAL: Plant hy­drangeas be­side an en­trance.

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