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Plant of the Week: New Guinea impatiens

Plant of the Week: New Guinea impatiens

Busy lizzies are back – and now they're tropical! After the sad demise of the traditional busy lizzie (Impatiens wallichiana) due to disease, this handsome close relative, I. x hawkeri, has stepped in to fill the gap.

Just like busy lizzies, New Guinea impatiens are the ideal way to brighten up a shady spot with prolific blooms in day-glo colours – though they're also happy in a sunny spot too. The large, glossy leaves also turn heads, often coming in exotic shades of purple and bronze. Keep moist, feed with liquid seaweed once a fortnight and dead-head regularly to keep the blooms coming.

Greenhouse grow bags

Grow bags are incredibly useful throughout the garden: just pop them anywhere you want to grow plants but don't have soil, like the edge of a patio or outside the back door. They give you an instant growing space for sweet peas, annual climbers like morning glory, or productive herbs, vegetabl…

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Growing giants

Growing giant pumpkins is one of the great challenges of the gardening year, so start now for record-breakers by late summer. Buy a ready-grown pumpkin from our garden centre for a head start (choose a show-stopping variety like 'Atlantic Giant' for the largest fruits) and plant into a hole filled with well-rotted manure or into the top of your compost heap for a really rich soil it'll relish. Feed regularly, keep well watered and you should have some real whoppers to show off by Hallowe'en.

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.