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What to do in your garden - April 2018

It’s been a long time coming, but spring will be spectacular this year because the bad weather has held everything back, and a lot of plants will be blooming at the same time. Now bulbs are flowering and trees and shrubs coming into leaf - everything seems to be happening at once in the garden this April. We are literally bursting at the seams in our garden centres with so much colour - come to Longacres for all your gardening needs – you won’t be disappointed!

  • Camellias are coming into flower and looking stunning – we have a superb selection of different sizes in stock now. Find out how to grow camellias online here.

  • Azaleas and rhododendrons – many different varieties and sizes are now in – including fragrant deciduous types. Fantastic plants full of lower buds about to start flowering.

  • Fruit trees and bushes galore – apples and pears, cherries, plums and damsons, pear trees. Blueberries, currants, rhubarb and other soft fruit.

  • Ornamental flowering cherries are ready to burst into bloom – there’s nothing quite like cherry blossom. The dwarf, shrubby Japanese cherry, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-No-Mai’ is a cracker, with unusual zig-zag shoots, plus the bonus of lovely autumn colour, too.

  • Other useful spring-flowering shrubs which usually flower earlier than now, are still showing colour - such as forsythia and ribes (flowering currant)

  • Now is the time to buy and plant hedging: from laurels to red robin, box to leylandii, pyracantha to privet, we’ve got great hedging plants in different sizes.

  • Alpine plants are in abundance now, and we have so many beautiful plants to choose from, in 9cm and 1 litre pots.

  • Hydrangeas are such useful shrubs which are just coming into leaf – they’ll flower this year from mid-summer through to autumn and are tolerant of shade and moist conditions. Many have lovely autumn colour if planted in some sunshine, (provided the soil is moist but well-drained) and the faded flowers stay on the plant over winter, giving structure and interest in any garden.

  • Summer bedding: Our early range of summer bedding plants is now in – in 7cm and 9cm pot sizes plus double six packs. Ideal to grow on in your greenhouse or indoors on a sunny windowsill and pot on as necessary, keeping frost free until weather conditions are suitable for planting out later on.

  • If they’ve been in the same pot for a year or two - now is the time to repot your houseplants. Plus - don’t forget to regularly feed your plants from now till September, using a proprietary fertiliser for the plant type, following the instructions on the packet. Find a guide on how to replant online here

  • Cacti and succulents are our houseplant hot picks right now – easy to grow in a bright spot indoors, we have many sizes and varieties available.

  • Planting shrubs in containers on the patio or to make a welcoming entrance to your home with box or bay tree? Here’s our handy how-to guide.