On a visit to Glenveagh Castle Gardens in Co. Donegal, Ireland, I had the pleasure of seeing the Dahlia 'Matt Armour' in full bloom and in absolute abundance in the garden.
Why would you cut off all these lovely flowers on your Pelargoniums when they are in full, glorious bloom?
Every garden should have some Alchemilla Mollis, or Lady's Mantle as it is commonly known. It is a hardy perennial with soft green, fan-shaped foliage which throws up large, lacy sprays of tiny lime-green flowers in early Summer.
Deadheading prevents the flowers from going to seed and rhododendrons should be deadheaded too in order to give the plant energy for more flower production next year. Deadheading will also give your rhododendron a tidier appearance until next year's flowering period.
Ideal for moist shady borders, the Primula Japonica, grows to about 45cm tall and bears beautiful, bright, crimson-like flowers on tall, upright stems above a large, basal rosette of light green, lettuce-like, crinkly leaves.
The Chelsea Chop is quite simply a useful pruning technique that you can use on some of your herbaceous perennials to delay or extend the flowering period.
This is the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 - the most excting date in the garden lovers' calendar! I was lucky enough to visit the Chelsea Flower Show last year and was not disappointed in the array of floral and garden inspiration!
The absolutely fabulous foxglove is one those garden plants that I just could not be without! Their skyscraper stems of blooms bring colour and stature all around the garden and they do well in partial shade which is so useful for lots of areas but especially at the back of borders which can often back on to hedges or fences.
If you've got a shady spot that's a bit damp, plant a Brunnera, it's the kind of conditions they enjoy!
Some gardeners find daffodil leaves to be a bit messy looking though after the flowers are gone. So what do you do neaten them up: cut them in half, bend them over and tie them together? No!!! Read on to find out what you do...