Plant of the Week: Dahlia

Plant of the Week: Dahlia

After a spell in the fashion wilderness, we've rediscovered the delights of exotic-looking Mexican dahlias – and now we can't get enough of them. The sheer variety is mind-boggling, from the charm and simplicity of single-flowered 'Bishop of Llandaff' to spiky cactus flowers, tight pompoms or romantic waterlily types, in every shade from palest cream to sultry deep purples.

Now is the time to drop established plants into your borders, filling gaps and adding a look-at-me splash of colour. Discover a few new varieties each year and you'll soon build up a collection of spectacular colour to jazz up your borders from midsummer till the first frosts.

Planting a fruit tree

'One generation plants the tree, another gets the shade' – so goes the Chinese proverb. The fruit trees you plant today will grow for many decades into the future, though luckily you don't have to wait till your kids take over to enjoy the fruit.

Once you've selected your tree – tra…

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Transplanting tips

Always water young seedlings before you transplant or pot them on. Dry roots tear and break easily, and the plants will take far longer to bounce back. Water and let them stand for an hour to make sure the compost is thoroughly soaked: the roots will be much more supple and your plants will hardly notice they've been moved.

A. Luff & Sons Ltd

Welcomes you to Ripley Nurseries - Garden Centre and Farm Shop we are located on the Old Portsmouth Road coaching route between Cobham and Guildford just 2 miles from RHS Wisley in the Village of Ripley. Our Farm Shop is full of fresh produce and local products with a dedicated Florist and Garden Sundries department. We have been serving the local community since 1895 see our history page and among our patrons we served Sir Winston Churchill at Chartwell and Wimbeldon Tennis grounds.