Now the daylight hours are getting longer, and the weather, hopefully warmer, it is time to venture out into the garden. Check plant and tree stakes are firmly in the ground. Make sure tools and lawnmowers are clean, sharp and serviced. Walk round the garden and plan or make a list of jobs to do for the coming months.
Magnolias are the true aristocrats of the tree and shrub world. Most are deciduous and produce spectacular displays of goblet or star-shaped flowers in spring before their leaves have emerged. An evergreen form, M. grandiflora, will flower intermittently throughout the summer and into autumn. Some smaller growing types, such as M. stellata, will happily grow in a container for many years. Magnolias are relatively trouble-free to grow. They respond well to rich living and generally these requirements are easily met; a good, moist, humus-rich, but well-drained soil that’s not too thin or too chalky. For alkaline soils try M. stellata, M. x leobneri, M. wilsonii or M. seiboldii. Plant in a sunny or semi-shaded position and mulch annually with composted bark and for the early flowering species, provide some protection from spring frosts. Pruning requirements are minimal and best done immediately after flowering. It is only required when the plants are young in order to give them shape or to thin congested branches on old specimens.
Just 3 of the 13 varieties of Sweet Peas we will have to offer this year.....
Well scented Spencer type of coral pink blooms on cream. Very elegant large flowers which make for a striking bloom.
Deep, midnight blue flowers. Strongly scented.
One of the best, white-flowering sweet peas. Beautiful, white scented frilly flowers.
We have doubled the size of the Rose area, giving us much needed space to show you our wide range of varieties. They have all been potted into containers, ready for Spring and Summer. Its an ideal to buy them when they are in flower as you can see their colours. The extra cost is rewarded by having our professional compost that they are grown in, a benefit especially when they are being planted in old or existing rosebeds.
Pompanella (Floribunda) - Medium pink, slight fragrance. Plant in sun in a well-drained fertile soil.
HEIGHT: 90cm SPREAD: 50cm
Memories... Award winning Dianthus. Absolutely beautiful! Compact plant with outstanding spicy fragrance. Whetman Pinks version of the famous 'Mrs Siskins' introduced in 1863.
Flowers April to September. REPEAT FLOWERING. HIGHLY FRAGRANT. HEIGHT: 28cm.
With over 170 varieties of Trees to choose from.....
|Betula costata Daleside - DECIDUOUS TREE. Beautiful creamy white bark peeling in large flakes. Rich golden leaf colour in autumn. Suits all soils and aspects. HEIGHT: 5m.|
.....and 170 Hardy Perennials, you are sure to be able to find one suitable for your garden.
|Synthyris missurica stellata - HARDY PERENNIAL. Spikes of dark violet-blue flowers in late spring. Clump-forming. Plant in a moist, well-drained soil in full or partial shade. HEIGHT: 15-25 cm.
TOMATO PLANTS - are ready. A good selection of varieties available with more to follow.
ORNAMENTAL TREES - will be potted into Superoots AIR-POTS and are available to purchase from mid June onwards. The benefit of the AIR-POT container is it is made from recycled HDPE, it eliminates root circling and performs very well in extreme weather.
PRIMULA WANDA - an elegant, long season display of showy blooms in a beautiful range of colours for spring. Hardy. HEIGHT: 30-40cm
CINERARIAS - a pretty houseplant already in bud. Likes to be cold, but kept frost free.
HARDY CYCLAMEN - Coum varieties. Pink or white with variegated leaves, and can be planted outside.
PRIMULAS - Veris Gold Lace, a victorian variety, a very stunning dark coloured flower with gold edging. Lemon coloured Primula Vulgaris also in stock.
ERICA CARNEA - A nice range of heathers are available, use to add instant colour to your garden.
Jobs for April.....
|For a more extensive list of gardening advice, have a look at the Daleside Garden Calendar for hints and tips, on what you could be doing in the garden at this time of year. We regularly update the calendar with details of activities for the coming months.||
|Availability Lists - Regularly updated lists showing all the plants & trees we have in stock.|
|It is well worth viewing our online Gallery, for anyone who appreciates the beauty of plants and flowers. All the photographs are taken by our in-house photographer and are available to purchase.|