If you want to ‘age’ terracotta pots, spread natural yogurt or old milk over the surface, or spray with water that’s had comfrey leaves soaking in it. You can also customise pots with mosaics, shells, colourful glass beads and pebbles.
Each year, Hillier introduces new plants at the Chelsea Flower Show. This year, we saw Eryngium ‘Blue Waves’, which has strong, upright, inky-blue stems topped with large bracteal, cone-like flower heads; Salvia Bodacious ‘Rhythm and Blues’ that produces massed of blacktipped, blue blooms, and Hydrangea aspera ‘Gold Rush’, a shrub with distinctive, velvety edged gold foliage and lavenderblue flowers.
Whip out weeds, taking care to dig out all the roots, before they have the chance to smother the soil and rob it of water and nutrients. Snip straying shoots on spring-flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, to tidy up their appearance and encourage healthy new growth and plenty of flowers next year.