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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.

Tuck up your dahlias

Lift your dahlia tubers the moment frost blackens the foliage to protect the tender roots from frost. Trim back tall shoots, shake off excess soil and pack in dry compost to wait out the winter in a frost-free greenhouse or indoors. They'll shoot back up again next spring.

Garden Buildings Surrey

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.

Prairie planting

Natural planting using swathes of gently-swaying grasses shot through with drifts of tall, open perennials to mimic the wild look of the American prairie lands caught the imagination of gardeners across Europe in the 1990s, and it's been going strong ever since - you can see some fabulous exam…

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