In the Garden - Summer Gardening

Be a sun smart gardener
Gardening is a healthy pursuit in so many ways, but it is also an outdoor pursuit. Sue Linn relates how she deals with her love of gardening and being safe in the sun
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Loads of colour
Now is the time to begin loading colourful plants into your garden to ensure you have a blazing display to attract as many butterflies as possible. Butterflies are attracted to a colourful scene and will even fight over an appealing area claiming territory.
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Summer from seed
November is planting time for some favourite summer crops. Sarah O'Neil speaks from experience about sowing seed outdoors.
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Talking tomatoes
Of all the delicious food we can grow in our summer gardens, tomatoes are among the most rewarding. Get the basics right and we can all grow a crop to be proud of. But it's always useful to talk to someone who's been doing it for years. Sue Linn talks to a couple of experienced tomato enthusiasts.
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A-Z of Summer vegetables
There is no treat quite as tasty as one picked fresh from the summer garden. The time is right for planting those vegetable crops which revel in warm summer soils.
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Drought alert!
It's dry out there and your garden will be stressed. Here's 10 tips to help it get through.
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Good, green giving
When it's hot and humid out there, with little time to spare, the last thing we feel like doing is battling traffic or navigating crowded shopping malls. A garden centre is just the place to escape the stress, a healthy refreshing environment that calms frazzled minds, and where there is a gift for just about anyone.
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Surviving Summer
Summer is tough on plants. Not only do they have the summer dries to cope with, it's peak time for pests and diseases.
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The sweet taste of Summer
Picture your summer vege garden bursting at the seams with colour, health and vitality. Picking armloads of fresh, sweet homegrown fruit and veges to feed family and friends is one of summer's greatest joys, but there's no time to waste if we're to make the most of the warm months ahead.
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The Taste of Summer
There is something about the strange smell the tomato plant gives off, the scent of anticipation. Soon there will be tomatoes ripening within the branches
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The taste of Summer - tomatoes
As far as Sarah O'Neil is concerned, summer only means one thing - Tomatoes
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Vine ripe fantastic tomatoes
Growing tomatoes is a bit like fishing - everyone has a story! Talking to experienced gardeners is a great way to learn new tricks, but as all those stories indicate, there are lots of pathways to the perfect tomato.
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Berry delight
Beautiful new perennial 'Berry Delight' nemesias are another exciting new development for the spring cottage garden, hanging baskets and pots. Those magical early spring blooms are now bigger and more fragrant than ever.
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Designing with flowers
If colour is your thing, or if you love to keep your vases full of flowers, modern breeding has delivered a plethora of plants that deliver bloom after bloom in the hottest months of year. Master the art of planting a garden that keeps on giving throughout summer and beyond.
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Love Me & Leave Me
Going on holiday can cause anxiety. Will plants survive without daily care? However 'Love me and Leave Me' Roses will be just fine.
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Mini marvels - Alstroemeria Inticanchas
2011's exciting new Inticanchas are the most compact and versatile alstroemerias ever, ideal for pots at just 30cm tall
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New Salvia wishes
A lovely new range of uniquely coloured salvias is proof that wishes can come true
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Old favourite in miniature
Great news for those who love Chinese lanterns but lack the space for what have traditionally been quite large rangy shrubs, these fabulous new compact abutilons will be arriving in garden centres in time for Christmas
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Perfectly petunia
How do you like your petunias? Big and blousy or dainty and diminutive? Spreading and tumbling or chunky and upright? Striped, starred, multi-toned or plain? Bright brazen reds, pinks and . . .
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Petunias on show!
Worldwide, petunias are the most cherished flowers for window boxes, pots and hanging baskets. And never have we had so many gorgeous varieties to choose from.
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Summer garden design solutions
Summer's a great time of year to work on some garden design solutions like how to make your garden beds look a whole lot better
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Sun worshippers
Impatiens; they're a top choice for cheerful garden borders or adding bright pops of colour among shrubs and perennials. But they've always needed shade. That is, until SunPatiens came along!
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The Bold and the Beautiful
Successfully combining flowers and foliage is an art form that takes time and experimentation, even for the most practiced gardener. But happily, we can also depend on some classic combos that always come up trumps.
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Voodoo Magic
Floriferous Voodoo Verbenas are taking their place among summer's top flowers.
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Kids Go Gardening - flutterby butterfly
Planting a butterfly garden is easy and you'll be rewarded with the fluttering of butterflies all through the summer
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Kids Go Gardening - hypertufa pots
Do you like making mud pies? With a bit of help from a grown up you can take it to another level and make your own fake rock "Hypertufa" pots.
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Kids Go Gardening - plant a bite sized treat
Here comes summer! It's time to plant tomatoes! Cherry tomatoes make a sweet colourful snack, just the right size for your lunchbox. Grow your own and taste the sunshine in them!
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The room outside
A space to relax and refuel with the ones we love, the room outdoors is a valuable extension of home.
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29-Jun-2017