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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.

Guard against wind rock

Cut back tall deciduous shrubs like roses, mallow (Lavatera) and Buddleja davidii, reducing their height by about a third. Otherwise the wind can catch over-tall growth, pushing the plant about and loosening the roots. Cut back to a leaf joint, and mulch well afterwards to see them through winter.

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.

Growing fruit and veg on balconies

When space is really limited, gardening needs ingenuity. With a few clever tricks and some innovative gadgets, though, you can turn even a balcony into a productive garden overflowing with fruit, vegetables and herbs.

You'll find plenty of useful gear to help you build your balcony gard…

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