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Plant of the Week: Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are among the best-loved of summer shrubs, their showy flowers making an eagerly anticipated spectacle from late July onwards.
They're well known for their curious habit of changing their flower colour in different gardens, and we're often asked why this is. It's a tendency most often seen in mophead and lacecap varieties of Hydrangea macrophylla, which produce blue flowers when soil is acid and pink if it's alkaline.
You can influence this by watering with rainwater, which is more acidic than tap water, and by taking steps to lower your soil's pH using aluminium sulphate 'blueing agents'. Alternatively, grow your hydrangeas in roomy containers of ericaceous (acidic) compost.
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When it comes to houseplants, there's no reason why you shouldn't put your garden design skills to good use in just the same way as you would any outdoor display.
Houseplants may look more exotic – among the choice in our garden centre in Reading you'll find lush green ferns, sta…Read more »
Save coriander seed
If your leafy coriander bolts, don't despair: save the seed instead, as it's a delicious ingredient in Asian cooking. What you don't use as a spice you can save to sow for your next batch of leaves