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  • Is it time to think outside of the box, Buxus sempervirens?

    Box blight and box moth are devastating tiny hedges and stylish topiary. What can you do about it?

    Are there alternatives to box, the highly popular small-leaved evergreen, Buxus sempervirens?

    Not every case of so-called box blight is actually that. Did you know that Buxus sempervirens is also affected by another little demon called Box tree moth? It can defoliate the shrub quite quickly, and is often first noticed as fine, webbed strands within which the moth larvae feeds. They subsequently develop into hungry green caterpillars.

    buxus sempervirens, buxus, box, box hedging, topiary, box blight, box tree moth, box caterpillar, formal gardens, hedging, Buxus has been used for topiary and detailed hedging for centuries because its small evergreen foliage responds well to clipping.

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  • Make the most of vibrant colour in the October garden

    Is it all over in the October garden?

    It’s October. Everything in the garden needs to be tidied away, cut back and neatened. It's all over, surely? Don’t we need to see bare soil and pruned back stems? Not true, and definitely not the latter if you care about minibeasts that love to root around the stems and seeds that autumn brings. There's so much happening outdoors, it would be a shame to miss it. Especially as we're all set for an Indian summer.  We Brits are often prepared to let the glory of autumn slip away without even a glance.

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  • Why you should make the most of an Indian summer

    An Indian summer: what is it and how can you gain maximum benefit from a warm autumn?

    We know the phrase and we hope to get one. Or have we had it already? What on earth is an Indian summer and why do people crave to get one?

    indian summer, sunshine, october weather, september sunshine, outdoors, make the most, enjoy the garden, perfectplants.co.uk, Sunshine, beautiful colours and warmth. What more could one wish for in autumn?

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  • Harvest happiness! How to manage your vegetable and fruit glut

    It's harvest time, but what can you do with excess produce from the garden?

    Anyone with a kitchen garden or allotment should be enjoying a harvest glut right now. The apples are ripe for plucking, courgettes are still coming, onions are ready for drying, tomatoes are ripening on the vine and potatoes are inviting you to dig for their delicious treasure. There are still runner beans hiding amongst the climbing green foliage, autumn-fruiting raspberries and tayberries are luscious, blackberries taste beautiful and beetroot is bursting from the soil. If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree, be sure to collect your fruit by the beginning of October as they won’t tolerate frost. There are late-season plums to harvest too, and damsons which can be picked while slightly unripe as you’ll be cooking them.

    apples, harvest, apple picking, picking apples, rosy fruits, fruit, september in the garden, october in the garden, glut of fruit, kitchen garden, perfectplants.co.uk, It's apple harvest time! But what can you do with all those luscious fruits?

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  • The best plants for shade, make the right choices to lighten the darkness.

    Shady characters: fill your inhospitable places with glorious plants for shade. There are more possibilities than you might think.

    No plant can survive in dry shade, right?

    Wrong. A shady place presents an exciting challenge if you want to have some fun. There are always areas of a garden that pose a problem, even to keen gardeners. The most common situation in which it’s difficult to find things that will grow is that of dry shade. Under trees, next to a north-facing wall or at the base of hedges. But even this seemingly inhospitable environment opens up a world of possibilities.

    ferns, dry shade, shady places, heuchera, garden shade, foliage plants, blechnum, palace purple, fire chief, garden, gardening, planting, Ferns and Heuchera. What a great combination for shady places.

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  • The best bulbs to plant in autumn, here's a recipe for spring flowering success

    Enjoy our recipe for spring flowering success  - here's our top six bulbs to plant now

    The long, hot summer is gradually fading away, making September and October the perfect time of year to plan a spring flowering display. There's just one simple rule to follow:  plant bountiful bulbs! Bulbs are now available just about everywhere and they present an uplifting opportunity to think about new beginnings. Those spherical powerhouses will establish themselves in your warm soil, ready to burst into new life as soon as the season dictates.
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  • Garden magic: how to make a small garden feel great

    Think big and work some magic in a small garden

    You might think that garden lovers would want a big garden in which to indulge their passion. But sometimes small is not only beautiful, but better. Why? Because a small garden can be designed in a way that brings exactly what’s wanted, without breaking the bank. It can also be micro-managed and maintained more easily, thus bringing the ultimate in satisfaction.
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  • Why you need some lovely lavender in your life

    Six reasons to love Lavender for Mediterranean magnificence and aromatic perfection

    If there’s just one herb you should have in a garden, Lavender comes top. It’s small enough to squeeze into a courtyard, a balcony and even a window box. It will give you far more value than just about any other plant. Why?
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  • Oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, can you grow them here in the UK?

    A zest for citrus fruit, how easily do oranges, lemons and limes grow in the UK? 

    Who would have thought that oranges, lemons and other citrus plants would grow so well in the UK? There’s something amazing about the sight of fresh, vibrant fruits growing boldly on even small sized plants. Grapefruits, particularly, are a sight to behold, weighing down small branches with seemingly ridiculous comedy.
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  • Plants to suit your zodiac star sign. Which one are you?

    Zodiac plants - choose the right plant for your astrological star sign!

    Have you ever thought about how your star sign might be represented by a plant? Many people believe that the signs of the zodiac have a direct influence on the personality of those who are born under certain stars. Choose your plant to fit your personality and bring harmony into your life! Here are some suggestions from Perfect Plants:
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