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.

Pinch out tomatoes

Pinch out the tops of tomatoes once they reach the greenhouse roof, removing the stem to just above the topmost pair of leaves. This concentrates the plant's energy on ripening tomatoes rather than producing more growth skywards. Keep removing sideshoots, too, snapping them from the joint between stem and leaf.

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Companion planting

Some combinations of plants just work well together. Tomatoes and basil, for example: not only do they look good, they make a perfect partnership in the cooking pot too.

But there are some combinations that go beyond looking (or tasting) good. Companion planting uses features of one pla…

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