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.