Help your plants flower longer


Fear not, the Chelsea Chop is not the latest must-have hairstyle straight from one of London’s trendy boroughs, but is in fact a method of pruning where you limit the size of your late-flowering hardy perennials and have more control over their flowering season. It’s called the Chelsea Chop because it usually happens at the […]

Planting for Bees

attracting insects into your garden at Larch Cottage Nurseries

How do I encourage insects into my garden? Flying insects such as bees and hoverflies which visit flowers for their nectar and pollen perform a vitally important pollination service. Pollination is where the pollen from one flower is transferred to another flower, bringing about fertilisation. Some flowering plants are pollinated by the wind but the […]

How Do I Plant and Prune a Rose?


PREPARING THE GROUND FOR YOUR NEW ROSE: How do I plant roses? Dig the planting hole to approx (18inches)/ 45 cms, and mix the soil you have removed with approximately 5 litres of well rotted farmyard manure, or compost, and a handful of bone meal. The hole should be large enough to accommodate the roots […]

How to plant Forsythia


Forsythia, planting and propagation Expert tips from Larch Cottage Nursery Manager, Joanne McCullock Forsythia are fairly easy plants to grow. There is no pest that seems to trouble them and if the plants are growing in good, well-drained soil they shouldn’t need any feeding.’Goldrausch’ is a variety I’d recommend for its prolific flowering, with the same […]