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Pest Control Without Chemicals – A Realistic Approach?

Here’s a question – is it really possible to stay on top of pest control, without resorting to chemicals?…
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Effectively Minimising Shock When Transplanting a Tree

When newly planted trees wilt, decay or die in a matter of weeks or months, it is usually due to imperfections in the transplanting process itself. When transplanting trees of any shape, size, age or species, extreme care has to be taken to minimise shock. Transplanting a tree incorrectly can open the door to a wide variety of long-term, often fatal health problems.

On the plus side, transplanting largely any kind of tree whatsoever doesn’t have to be a difficult process. It’s simply a case of familiarising yourself with the different types of trees you may be dealing with, in order to gain a better understanding of how to proceed.
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15 Reasons to Start Using Mulch Right Now

Mulching is something everyone should be doing, though surprisingly few actually do. If it’s a concept you’re not entirely familiar with, one way of looking at mulch is as the icing used to top the cake (i.e. soil) for the benefit of your plants and your garden in general.…
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How to Plant a Tree…The Right Way

One of the very few axioms in the world of gardening that’s actually pretty accurate is the one that says ‘the key to growing a great plant is to put a 50-cent specimen in a £5 hole.’ Which basically means that if you’re looking to get the most from anything you decide to plant, you need to get serious when it comes to how you plant it.

Planting a tree might not be rocket science, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t an exact science to it. Quite the opposite, and once you develop an understanding of the science behind tree planting, you’ll be tackling it like a master in no time.…
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Euonymus: the versatile and reliable evergreen shrub for garden borders

Euonymus, also known as the Spindle tree, is one of the garden’s most versatile and reliable evergreen shrubs. Easy to grow and suitable for all garden sites, be that in full sun, part shade or deep shade, the euonymus is the perfect plant for year-round foliage and interest. Euonymus will grow in most soil types, but does have a tendency to get large if left unpruned. Cut back by a third in the first spring after planting to encourage a bushy habit.…
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Choisya: the ideal evergreen shrub for flowers, fragrance and foliage

If Ladybrook Nursery could choose one ideal plant for the garden, it would probably be the choisya. Choisyas, or Mexican Orange Blossoms, are grown not only for the masses of beautiful flowers they produce in late April to late May, but also for their evergreen foliage which, in the case of Choisya ternata Sundance, is a delicate shade of yellow to lime green. Choisyas are reliable plants which tolerate full sun and semi-shade and are reasonably tolerant to drought conditions.…
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Kniphofias: add a touch of red-hot colour to your garden border this summer

If you’re looking for red-hot colour in your garden border this summer, then no plant fits the bill better than the Kniphofia. Kniphofias, also known as torch lilies or the Red Hot Poker, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae. Kniphofias produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange, yellow and white are sometimes bicoloured. The flowers produce lots of nectar when in bloom, and are therefore very attractive to bees. Here’s a selection of Ladybrook Nursery’s favourite Kniphofias.…
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5 euphorbias to brighten up the garden border this summer

One of Ladybrook Nursery’s favourite perennials is the euphorbia. Whilst there might be thousands of different species of spurge, euphorbia, or cushion spurge, produces spectacular early spring colour. Like its sibling, the Pointsettia, spurge’s colour comes not from the tiny flowers, but rather from the bracts that surround the flowers. The plant produces a mound of foliage about a foot in height and thrives in everything from full sun to full shade: that alone makes it unusual and different from other early-blooming perennials. A word of warning is needed, however: all parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.…
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Epimediums: the perfect perennial for the woodland or shade garden

If you’re looking for a hardy perennial plant that offers lovely spring flowers and colourful spring and autumn foliage, then Ladybrook Nursery would definitely recommend the epimedium. Epimediums are part of the Berberis family, originating predominantly from Asia but also native to Europe. The epimedium is a perfect plant choice for a woodland or shade garden. Epimediums are a great choice for the north side of a wall or a bed that receives some moisture in eastern UK, and for typical shade garden borders in the western parts of the country, where rainfall is generally higher. These spring-blooming plants may look delicate and have a fragile sort of beauty, but they are tough, easy to grow and very reliable.  They are valuable garden plants because not only do they produce lovely flowers in a wide range of shapes and hues; they also offer colourful spring and autumn foliage.…
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Crocosmias: a beautiful, structural plant for summer and early autumn garden borders

Crocosmias, more commonly known as montbretia, are eye-catching, clump-forming, drought-tolerant border perennial plants, which produces lush green, iris-like foliage topped by arching spikes of freesia-like blooms throughout the summer and through to early autumn. They’re a firm favourite in the British summer garden, and are reliable, hardy and very tolerant plants.…
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Pest Control Without Chemicals – A Realistic Approach?

Here’s a question – is it really possible to stay on top of pest control, without resorting to chemicals?

Effectively Minimising Shock When Transplanting a Tree

When newly planted trees wilt, decay or die in a matter of weeks or months, it is usually due to imperfections in the transplanting process itself. When transplanting trees of any shape, size, age or species, extreme care has to be taken to minimise shock. Transplanting a tree incorrectly can open the door to a…
read more >>

15 Reasons to Start Using Mulch Right Now

Mulching is something everyone should be doing, though surprisingly few actually do. If it’s a concept you’re not entirely familiar with, one way of looking at mulch is as the icing used to top the cake (i.e. soil) for the benefit of your plants and your garden in general.

How to Plant a Tree…The Right Way

One of the very few axioms in the world of gardening that’s actually pretty accurate is the one that says ‘the key to growing a great plant is to put a 50-cent specimen in a £5 hole.’ Which basically means that if you’re looking to get the most from anything you decide to plant, you…
read more >>