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We welcome well behaved dogs in our garden centre, gift shop & cafe garden!  Assistance are dogs permitted in all areas.

Plant of the Week: Caryopteris

Plant of the Week: Caryopteris

If you always feel a little sad when your lavender flowers fade, this unassuming little blue shrub could be exactly what you need. It takes up where lavender leaves off, carrying its powder-blue flowers in clusters around the stems, like tiers of a wedding cake, so you still get that shimmery haze of blue in the background even in late summer. Its leaves even have a lavender-like scent.

C. clandonensis is the closest to lavender blue, but there are stronger shades: try 'Ferndown' and 'Kew Blue'. Give caryopteris the same conditions as you would lavender: the sunnier the better, and sharply-drained soil suits it best. 

A container vegetable garden

You may be short of outdoor space, but that doesn't mean you have to do without home-grown vegetables. There are lots of veg which do brilliantly in containers, whether windowboxes, grow bags, pretty terracotta pots or just tin cans nailed to a fence.

Growing in containers has many adva…

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Greenhouses should be insulated using plastic bubble wrap (usually sold in garden centres on rolls, and quite cheaply). It will cut down heating bills without blocking too much light. Most importantly it can help prevent freezing conditions in an unheated greenhouse.