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May 2, 2019

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Japanese knotweed is probably the most evasive weed in the UK, in the article we look at how to tackle it and eventually kill it using, tarps to shut out light, Glyphosate-based herbicides to help kill the plants down to the root and simply digging it up. All methods need to be used in conjunction with each other and it takes several years to hopefully eradicate it from your garden but it takes a lot…

Almost everyone is a fan of lilacs, a beautiful shrub complete with canes and flowers coupled with a sweet scent. Moreover, lilacs come in seven different colours of flowers and will bloom steadily for 6 weeks each season. These plants are strong, simple to care for, and low maintenance. They reach varying size based on variety with fragrant blooms that attract butterflies and neighbours alike. Botanical NameSyringaTypeShrubSunFull or partial sunSoil Any type, with neutral to…

The hypericum is one of about 400 plants only a handful of which are grown in the UK but in this post, we are going to focus on the Hidcote variety as its easily the most popular. Hypericum hidcote is one of the most common you will see in gardens large and small. It manifests in the form of yellow flowers between July and August. As an evergreen it will form a beautiful dome-shaped shrub…

Clematis is one of the most popular climbing plants because it has beautiful flowers that provide a very eye-catching display for any garden. The plants are typically very easy to cultivate but there’s a lot of confusion about when to prune and how to prune, and what to do about shoots that are dying, the most common problem is often wilting stems which are often blamed on clematis wilt, however as you will learn, its…

With any type of clematis, the purpose of regular pruning is to keep the plant in check and avoid flower production becoming a mess at the top of the plant. The way these plants work is that flowers will grow off the place where the old stems stop and new stems begin, so if you fail to prune, it will keep pushing the flowers farther and farther out. In short, the plant gets bigger, the…

Regularly pruning your clematis will encourage better flowering and a stronger plant overall. It also helps to prevent the plant from growing out of control. If you fail to prune properly and regularly your clematis will manifest in a mass of tangled stems overlapping one another with an empty base and flowers every which way. When to prune clematis montana If you have a clematis Montana you need to prune in accordance with pruning Group…

There are many types of clematis plants and if you have a clematis that falls in group three you need to make sure that you are properly pruning to get the most out of those beautiful flowers. They flower late summer and need to be pruned back hard in late winter or early spring just above ground level to a good set of buds. Type If you have type 3 clematis, regular pruning will keep…

Proper pruning of a clematis encourages more flowers and stronger growth. It, in effect, keeps your plant from getting out of control in terms of its growth and manifesting in the form of tangled stems and flowers that are too high to see and bare stems at the base. Group two clematis flower early spring but you can also get a second flush of flowers on new growth in late summer if pruned correctly. Ideally,…