May: Colours of the rainbow

Hi,

With another (mostly) sunny bank holiday weekend out of the way, it gave us plenty of time to get lots of gardening tasks done with a few days to catch up.

Spring is in full swing, which means there are a whole host of flowering plants to enjoy, and it’s not only the sight of them, but the wonderful fragrances that come with them too. These are my top ten plants for May to put a spring in your step.

When it comes to planning planting schemes, it’s important to consider the type of soil you have and the access to water. If your garden doesn’t get much moisture, or you grow in containers that are hidden from the rain, these drought tolerant plants are a great place to start.

Throughout May there is plenty to look forward to again. On Wednesday 11th May I’ll be going live on Facebook with Yard Force to share my tips on seasonal lawn care and planting up hanging baskets.

This month also marks the return of Chelsea Flower Show in spring for the first time in 2 years, so get that Chelsea look with some of the past trends. As always there will be some spectacular displays to see. At the flower show this year, Harkness Roses’ newly launched Platinum Jubilee Rose can be publicly seen, and you can be in with a chance to win your very own in my giveaway below.

Happy gardening!

David

Gardening tip of the month

When you’re gardening, there are certain tools that will come in handy throughout the year, so ensure you have these in your gardening toolkit…

A trowel is crucial for weeding, planting and all sorts, so is an important bit of kit. Also, kneeling on the ground can take its toll on your knees, so a comfortable kneeler can make all the difference.

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Get a good stainless steel spade because they stop the dirt from sticking too much. Also, a fork will help you break up and loosen soil. Spray them with WD40 before digging to prevent the soil from sticking.

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Get different pairs of gloves to suit the task at hand, such as waterproof ones, lightweight ones, and full arm coverage ones for pruning thorny shrubs. Hand protection in the garden is vital.

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Secateurs are the crafters and shapers of the garden and will help keep your garden looking beautiful by using them to trim away dead, damaged and diseased growth off your prized plants.

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Win

Get involved to be in with a chance to win a Platinum Jubilee Rose courtesy of Harkness Roses.

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Top plants

May is the month when blossom appears in abundance from all different flowers and trees, so this selection will make you think of the ‘darling buds of May’

Top Plants

Up for grabs…

Be in with a chance of winning 1 of 10 bottles of Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics Liquid Plant Food to grow glorious plants.

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Plants for purpose

These top drought tolerant plants will ensure you have a garden full of variety, with a mixture of flowers and foliage that won’t demand gallons of water to thrive.

Plants for purpose

In it to win it

There’s a Garantia Urban Composter up for grabs, which is ideal for your kitchen, perfect for creating compost from home.

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Top job

If you live in a property with a patio, why not make planting pockets of floral delights in your paving to spruce up your outdoor seating area for socialising and relaxing?

Top job

Giveaways galore

5 lucky winners will receive a Harkness ‘Easy Does It’ Rose, which is a delightful compact and bushy plant with frilly edged flowers for wonderful texture in the garden.

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Growing in raised beds

Raised beds are a fantastic feature in the garden, allowing you to grow a wider range of plants, boost drainage and make gardening more accessible.

Growing in raised beds

Gardening gadgets

There’s an Oase Pondovac Classic up for grabs which helps to remove sediment from the bottom of ponds, pools and swim ponds to keep the water clean and debris free.

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Water conservation

Watering the garden can be a big task, and through spring and summer there are more plants to keep happy. So, rather than relying on tap water, make the most out of what nature has to offer.

Water conservation

Gorgeous giveaway

Enter my free prize draw for your chance to win an ‘Easy Does It’ rose courtesy of Harkness Roses.

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My Houseplant Changed My Life

You can order your copy of my book here.

My Houseplant Changed My Life is OUT NOW!

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Here are the winners from April:

OASE Filtral UVC 1500
Laura Child

Hartman Pouffe
Lorraine Johnson
Ian Yates
Nadia Stanbridge
Joy Turner

Garantia Rapid Composter
Elaine Hancock
Duncan Riches
Janet Ashenden

Miracle-Gro® Peat Free Fruit & Veg Planters
Chris Starr
Louise Wyles
Jules Eley
Julie Kettle
Nichola Hobson
Ken Hunter
Anne Winter
Susan Carter
Julia Linsley
Ruth Hunter

Harkness Chandos Beauty Rose

Website
Anita Parbery
Jeanette Byford
Karen Dunstan
Jen English
Su Brett

Twitter
@LiloKuttyKaz

Facebook
Angela Thompson

Instagram
Vivien Baird

YouTube
Tina Spencer

Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout May…