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Autumn bedding for containers
My Summer bedding plants have failed. Any tips for some inexpensive Autumn/Winter bedding for containers?
Sharon via Facebook
I just planted up some really lovely grasses and heathers in containers for Autumn. This combination is really nice for structure as well as Autumn interest. You should give them a go!
Growing wisteria plants
I have a young wisteria plant. I planted it against a wall earlier this year and it grew well. The leaves have started turning yellow and dropping off over the last while though. Is there anything I should do over Winter to protect it?
Wisteria are great for our climate as they are vigorous and can withstand deep frost. Make sure not to overwater them particularly when it freezes as it may not like this at the roots.
Growing heather plants
I bought some heather plants and am going to plant them in one larger pot. How do I care for them? I bought some last year but they dried out and lost their colour quite quickly.
Heathers need to be trimmed lightly in Spring to make sure they keep a nice shape. Also, a good fertiliser in Spring will give them a good start.
When and how is the best time to pick berries?
It really depends on the type of berry. At this time of the year the blackberries are fabulous and can be found in almost any field or hedgerow. Make sure you avoid the ones directly at roads as they are exposed to the exhausts from cars.
I planted an agapanthus bulb back in April. It has not flowered yet although it has produced leaves. Will it flower this year?
If you don't see any buds on it yet then maybe you will have to wait until next year. Also, do remember agapanthus do like a lot of warmth and sun.