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Ex­pert ad­vice for the sea­son

Be­fore you splash out on new pur­chases at the gar­den cen­tre, it’s worth bear­ing in mind Beth Chatto’s mantra: ‘The right plant for the right place.’ Here’s how to work out whether those blooms you have your eye on will work in your gar­den.

Be a nosy neigh­bour

Check out what’s thriv­ing – and what isn’t – in the gar­dens around you.

Read the la­bel

It may sound ob­vi­ous, but if the la­bel says plant in full sun, do so. While most plants can sur­vive nearly ev­ery­where, they’ll only re­ally thrive in the right en­vi­ron­ment.

Pots of pots

Us­ing a planter gives you flex­i­bil­ity – you can cre­ate any eco-sys­tem you want in a con­tainer. And, of course, you can po­si­tion it wher­ever the plant prefers, be it a sunny pa­tio or shady cor­ner.

Ori­gin of the species

If you’re se­duced by the ex­otic plants that are be­com­ing more widely avail­able, it’s worth keep­ing in mind where they orig­i­nated and there­fore the con­di­tions they need. : This wiIl give you an in­di­ca­tion of what may suit.

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