Plant of the Week: Leucothoe

Plant of the Week: Leucothoe

It's not often you find a shrub which offers handsomely arching branches of glossy evergreen leaves turning a deep, handsome red in autumn, plus fragrant white spring blossom - yet this easy-going beauty is not widely grown.

It's a superb choice for tubs and borders where its autumn colouring makes it an eyecatcher late in the season. It does need acid soil to colour up well, so if you don't have a low pH soil in the garden just pop it in a pot of ericaceous compost (available from our garden centre). Team with brilliant yellow-stemmed dogwood 'Flaviramea' and golden-variegated ivy for a spectacularly colourful winter container.

Sow sweetpeas

Sow a batch of sweetpeas now and they'll spend winter as sturdy seedlings, ready to race away next spring and flower weeks earlier than usual. You'll find dozens of sweetly-scented varieties in the garden centre: sow into root trainer modules, water in and they'll be up in a couple of weeks.

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Garden Buildings don't have to be sheds

Garden sheds are considered to be a very convenient and practical addition to any garden. What with all the tools, machines, pots and garden furniture you need to store, a shed is surely a great option.

This simple garden building appeals to many people, as storage space is certaiā€¦

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