FAQ

An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle within one growing season - this means that the plant germinates, flowers, produces seed and then dies within the first year. Often annuals will "re-seed" freely however, meaning that as they come to the end of their cycle, they drop their seed and these then germinate the following season to provide you with new plants as the cycle starts all over again. For more "tender" annuals, if you want plants the following year it…

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A majority of plaints will be quite happy growing in any fairly well-drained soil, however there are some plants for instance that will actually thrive in boggy, wet soils, such as the Flag Iris and there are others that are lime hating plants that need a more acidic soil. To explain this in a bit more detail, soil types usually refers to the consistency of the soil, its moisture level and the soil pH.

The soil pH is simply a number that describes how acid or alkaline your soil is.…

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Very few apple trees are self-pollinating and whilst you can get, what are sometimes referred to as "Family Apple Trees" where more than one variety has been grafted onto one plant, in general, apple trees will need at least one other variety of apple tree planted in the same garden to ensure pollination (and consequently the production of fruit). In addition there are some varieties, such as "Bramley's Seedling," known a 'triploids' which require 2 other vari…

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The general rule is that evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges, such as Conifers, Box or Portuguese Laurel should be planted in early autumn, whilst deciduous hedging such as Hawthorn and Beech should be planted from mid-autumn to late-winter.

Potted hedging plants like potted laurels, beech, fuchsia etc can be planted any time of the year but care should be taken to ensure they receive adequate water through any drier spells.

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