Plant of the Week: Pansy/viola
They may be small – but winter pansies are big on impact. They're invaluable for brightening up patios right through winter and well into spring. They make a cheery foil for narcissi and crocuses, and are usually still going strong when the first tulips arrive.
Pansies carry larger, but fewer flowers up to 7.5cm across, while violas are reliably smothered in little 2.5cm blooms. There are hundreds of different colour combinations for both: look out for prettily-whiskered 'Cats' pansies and the delicious pastel colours of the prolific 'Sorbet' family of violas. Whatever you choose, there's nothing to beat them for sheer good value at this time of year.
A garden humming with bees and shimmering with brilliantly-coloured butterflies is full of life and beauty, the insects adding another dimension to your planting and giving you yet another reason to enjoy your garden.
By encouraging bees and butterflies into your garden you're doing the…Read more »
You should be hoeing your vegetable beds regularly to keep weeds down. If you let them grow they will compete with vegetable plants for water and food.;
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