Gar­den Shed

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Come On In! - Gar­den­ing Ed­i­tor adri­enne’s

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.

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