Plant of the Week: Autumn/winter pansies

Plant of the Week: Autumn/winter pansies

With a bit of luck your late-summer containers are looking fabulous at the moment, all hot reds, oranges and yellows. But a good gardener is always one step ahead - so now is the time to be thinking about what you'll be planting to follow them.

Luckily we've got just the thing. Pansies are the troopers of the bedding brigade: cheerful, easy-going and flowering through all but the very coldest weather from autumn through till spring. Plant generous potfuls of cheery mixed colours, or stick to a single colour theme for a more sophisticated look: you'll find just what you need on sale in our garden centre right now.

Trim lavender

Trim your lavender and cotton lavender bushes after they've finished flowering to keep them neat and healthy. Use shears to take off old flower stems and cut back the fragrant leaves, but be careful not to cut back into older, brown wood as it won't regenerate.

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Ripley Nurseries has an extensive range of garden buildings ready to view! any style any size built to order. Visit our garden centre near Guildford & Woking to look at our range of garden sheds & summer houses. After visiting our display garden buildings be sure to visit our Farm Shop for your local fruits & veg. Serving the local community since 1895 Wisley, Send, Horsley, Clandon, Cobham, Byfleet, Esher, Woking, Weybridge & surrounding areas.

Plants for shade

Most gardens have a shady spot: a north-facing wall, perhaps, or under a tree, or in the shadow of a nearby building. Learn to love your shade: you'll find a world of new plants opens up, and you get a cool, pleasant nook to sit out of the heat of the day: perfect for enjoying an iced drink af…

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