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    Pyracantha architecture

    Shape pyracantha to keep it within bounds and create an elegant, architectural outline against your walls or fences that looks as good in winter as it does in summer.

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    Britain in Bloom competition

    All across the country, volunteer gardeners have been biting their nails as a crack team of RHS judges tours green spaces from North Berwick to Newquay deciding which are to scoop the top awards in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

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    It's time to plant Colchicums

    Plant colchicum bulbs this month for an unusual and spectacular display later in the year.

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    Plant of the week: Lavender

    Lavender is right up there with roses and sweet peas as one of our favourite plants, and with good reason

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    What to do in the garden in August

    Midsummer can mean a pause while your garden gets ready for the bright colours of autumn – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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    An award-winning show garden from this year’s Bloom event in Phoenix Park, Dublin, is getting a new lease of life after being rebuilt as a permanent feature in Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.

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    How to take care of your beans?

    Pinch out climbing beans as soon as they reach the tops of their supports. Runner beans, French beans and shelling beans are super-productive in the veg garden and are cropping heavily right now, but they will insist on carrying on growing upwards once they reach the tops of their canes.

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    Young Gardener of the Year Award

    A green-fingered youngster from Fife in Scotland has been named as this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Young Gardener of the Year in an awards ceremony at RHS Garden Wisley.

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    Summer prune wisteria

    Summer prune wisteria to remove all this year’s long, whippy growths and promote more flowers next year.

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    Plant of the week: Hypericum

    This week's plant: Hypericum

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    Plant autumn-flowering crocuses

    Plant autumn-flowering crocuses for an extraordinary display later this year as the delicately beautiful flowers rise as if by magic from the ground just as the rest of the garden is slowing down.

    Autumn-flowering Crocus

    Most people associate crocuses with springtime, but in fact the range of autumn-flowering crocuses is huge – here in the garden centre at Two Dales, Matlock we believe they ought to be more widely grown, so we’re put...

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    Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic

    Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage starts to die down, so that you can store them for eating through winter.

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