September Gardening Checklist

September has crept up on us already. Years ago it marked the end of the gardening season, but with warmer temperatures there is still time to enjoy your outdoor space. Next week at Pentland Plant we will have a big delivery of fantastic new stock, so keep an eye on the benches for lots of exciting new varieties. In the meantime, here are are our top recomended gardening jobs to help you get the most from your garden this month. 

  • Keep deadheading your plants - including roses too! 
  • Keep on top of general cutting back and tidying throughout the garden
  • Now is a good time to apply an autumn lawn feed to keep your grass healthy throughout the year ahead
  • Clip your hedges 
  • Plant your spring flowering bulbs
  • Move tender plants under cover to protect them during the colder days
  • Replace your summer bedding as it comes to an end with plants for winter. Don't forget to keep these plants watered though! 

If you need a little help and inspiration with your garden please just ask one of our knowledgeable members of staff. It's sometimes hard to know what will grow well in exposed, bright or shady areas. How to plant a container with bulbs for a professional looking display in the spring. How to repair a lawn that has been well used by family and pets over the summer. Whatever questions you have - our team can offer some great tips and inspiration! 

 

 

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April in the garden - what's new at Pentland Plants

It’s April and the soil is warming as the garden springs to life….

Spring has definitely arrived. The sight  of Forsythia with its unmistakable yellow flowers is a triumph to kick off the season. Magnolias and flowering cherries explode with show stopping flowers to bring beauty and elegance to the Spring garden. 

It’s a great time to brush off the garden tools and get planting. We have a superb choice of both evergreen and deciduous shrubs in store.You will find everything you need in our A-Z collection as well as all the popular seasonal varieties to bring a splash of spring colour to your outdoor space.

Pentland Plants see the first flush of flowers on our homegrown Senetti. Pinks, purples and exotic blues create a seasonal display of flowers to brighten pots and containers on your patio. Trim them back and feed after blooming for a second flush of flowers. Ranunculus has become a spring favourite as well with their delicate paper tissue like petals and their gorgeous range of colours. Keep dead heading to extend the flowering period.

Get on top of weeds early in the season, this will prevent them seeding and becoming a problem. Deep rooted weeds may be very difficult to control and perennial weeds such as dandelionsneed to be completely removed including the root. 

The ground is warm enough to plant out our extensive collection of ‘Home Grown’ herbaceous perennials. There is a plant for every aspect and situation in your garden. If you need help choosing, our expert staff are always on hand to guide and advise you.

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June gardening tips

June is an exciting time in the garden when all of the big, blowsy flowers start appearing. With the warmer weather, you can really start to enjoy the summer colour from your beds, pots, containers and hanging baskets. If you haven’t planted yours yet – we have a fantastic range of our homegrown plants to add the finishing touches to your garden this summer.

As for the rest of the garden, here are a few key jobs for the garden this June to help ensure it’s looking its best.

Deadhead plants and regularly water and feed containers & hanging baskets. Make sure you keep newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials and rock plants watered in dry spells while they get established.

Mow your lawn often and feed the grass with a liquid lawn feed if you feel it needs a bit of a green-up.

Propogate shrubs and roses by taking softwood cuttings, and prune training, climbing and rambling roses.

Pinch dead flowerheads carefully from plants and tidy up perennials once they’ve finished flowering.

Perenials will help to keep weeds down, but continue removing the unwanted ones as they appear.

Now’s the time to clip any fast growing hedges to keep them looking neat and tidy.

If you’ve got a veggie patch, this month you should be looking to sow things like lettuce, rocket, spring onion, radish, oriental leaves like pak choi and chinese cabbage, maincrop carrots, peas, swedes sweetcorn. French and runner beans, courgettes, squashes and pumpkins.

During the dry/warmer weather, keep any fruit trees and bushes well watered.

If you need any advice or inspiration for your garden, please just ask a member of our knowledgeable team. You’ll find them in the annex or outdoor plant area at the garden centre and they’ll be more than happy to assist.

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