Mums the word

Lancashire Life - - GARDENS TO VISIT -

Sum­mer may be com­ing to a close, but there is still so

much to en­joy in the garden, says WILL CLARKE

Chysanths are easy to grow and re­quire lit­tle at­ten­tion trees close by but, in ru­ral ar­eas, you might need to plant a sec­ond tree. If in doubt, ask your garden cen­tre or nurs­ery for ad­vice.

Start plant­ing spring bulbs this month, in bor­ders, con­tain­ers and even the lawn. This is the time for plant­ing daf­fodils, cro­cus and hy­acinths, to en­sure your garden is full of colour next spring. When you see those green shoots pok­ing through to­wards the end of win­ter, you will be so glad you made the ef­fort.

Keep dead­head­ing and feed­ing your sum­mer con­tainer dis­plays as, with good care, these will keep re­ward­ing you with colour into the au­tumn. Prune late­flow­er­ing shrubs, such as lavat­era and hibiscus, to en­cour­age fuller, healthy growth next spring.

I’m going to sug­gest ‘Garden Mums’ as my fea­ture plant this month. These hardy chrysan­the­mums are easy to grow and re­quire lit­tle at­ten­tion and yet will pro­vide fan­tas­tic domes of long-last­ing colour un­til the first frosts. Plant them in bor­ders and con­tain­ers for a fab­u­lous dis­play of rich au­tumn colour which will re­turn year af­ter year.

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