Get ready to do the Chelsea Chop

With Chelsea Flower Show fast approaching, we do the Chelsea Chop at the end of May. A method of pruning to keep the size of your herbaceous plants compact, it produces particularly good results on Sedums, Heleniums and Solidago. In a bed where a group of herbaceous plants are repeated, the chop delays flowering to later in the summer and gives a much longer lasting display.

Make fallen leaves into an excellent soil improver

Making leaf mould is good motivation for raking all those leaves up; the more leaves you have, the more leaf mould you will produce. Leaf mould is an excellent soil improver. Be patient though; it takes a year for the leaves to turn into leaf mould, but it’s worth the wait and it’s free as it’s from your leaves! Here is how it works….place all the fallen leaves into a contained area, box or even bin bag – leave it until next year and then dig this soil improver into the garden.

Gap planting in a cottage garden

Prune, preen and plant. The tidy beds and border service includes trimming and deadheading established plants so that they look full and flourishing. Through natural plant cycles and the effects of climate or environment, openings emerge. Customers often ask “What can I plant in the gaps?” and we are happy to help with a suggested plant list which you can buy yourself or ask us to source from local nurseries or further afield.

Recent suggested list for a customer

  • Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, particularly lovely variety which also featured in Andy Sturgeon’s Best in Show garden at Chelsea Flower Show last year
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’
  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
  • Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’
  • Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’
  • Euphorbia griffithii

Gap Planting

Natural garden boundary design

The Oxfordshire Gardener was commissioned to create a linear scheme focused on a beautiful pleached hedge to give natural height. The fence was first erected onto the boundary, a double ‘H’ design was constructed to the face of the fence to soften the upright lines. Five pleached trees were planted, 8ft in height and spanning 40ft in total to create an instant young hedge. A training system was put in place to develop the form of the hedge as it grows.

Book an event gardener

Booking an event gardener can help in the preparations for your event, so that your garden will be looking its best – lush and green, rich in flowers, tidy edges, preened pots or gleaming patios. To prepare for your celebration, send us a quick enquiry or call us on 01869 338592. We are here to help!

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