Tropical Gardens UK: Exotic Garden Jobs for February


While technically still winter, February is usually when the first signs of spring appear. However a few mild days can spring the garden back into to life so its worth taking advantage of these balmy times to get on top of those time sensitive jobs which can greatly benefit you further into the season. 

Check out the following video links as mentioned in the above video:
HOW TO PLANT BARE ROOT KNIPHOFIA?
https://youtu.be/j1Q1_VtlojQ

HOW TO PLANT BARE ROOT AGAPANTHUS?
https://youtu.be/eKPVtXdl8ug

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Five Mistakes to Avoid Planting and Growing Bare-Root Peonies, Peony, Pa...


Peonies are arguably some of the most bold and impactful of all ornamental flowering plants. However they can be surprisingly expensive, especially when bought in bloom. So by keeping an eye out in your local garden centres and other plant retailing outlets come early spring there is a good chance that you will be able to find a reasonable selection of pre-packed, bare-root peonies available for sale and at a far more reasonable price! That being said there are a few thing you will need to know in order the get the very best performance out of your bare-root plants so in this video English horticulturist Lorna explains her five mistakes to avoid when planting and growing bare-root peonies.

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Tropical Gardens UK:Exotic Garden February Tour Walk Around


At face value there isn't much to see in an exotic garden in February. Look at bit closer however, and you will see that life is returning for its big, spring comeback! So join English horticulturist Simon as he takes a late winter tour around his garden to see just what is on the move.

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When do you Plant Snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis


Although not the first plant to flower in a new year snowdrops are easily the most recognisable and with their pure-white blooms the most noticeable! Often seen naturalised throughout the UK one might be forgiven for wanting to grow this extremely cute and perfectly formed bulb in your own garden. Assuming this is true, just when is the best time for planting snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis?

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Five Common Cycad Problems Treatment and Recovery - Sago Palm, Cycas re...


Cycads are arguably the kings of an exotic-effect garden and why wouldn't they be? They have ridiculously glossy leaves, wonderful architectural structure and more importantly look as cute as a button! However they can suffer from cultural, and environmental as well as a number of pests and disease. So check out this video where English horticulturist Simon explains his five common problem, treatment and recovery of the Sago Palm - Cycas revoluta.

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How to Plant and Grow Bare Root Agapanthus - Lily of the Nile


Indigenous to the southern African continent, Agapanthus (common name 'Lily of the Nile') is a truly gorgeous genus of herbaceous plants, perfect for almost any style of garden. So assuming you wish to have them in your garden the chances are that you have taken the opportunity to purchase bare root specimens in the spring, therefore avoiding the far higher purchase prices of established pot grown plants when the weather improves.

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How to Plant and Grow Bare Root Kniphofia - Red Hot Poker


The Red-Hot Poker - 'Kniphofia' is a fantastic and mostly hardy addition for the exotic, tropical-effect garden. Often bought as bare root plants in the spring there are a few issues which can arise when compared to established pot grown specimens. However, English horticulturists Simon and Lorna point out the most common problems and how to resolve them.

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How to Plant and Grow Crocosmia Bulbs - Montbretia


Crocosmia cultivars and hybrids are one of the great mainstays of the tropical-effect, exotic garden. However as a native to southern and eastern Africa some specimens are hardier than other and native conditions are best matched as possible to get the most out of these impressive plants. So to get the most out of your Crocosmias (commonly called Montbretias) English horticulturist Simon explains how he plants and grows Crocosmia bulbs.

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What is the Hardiest Tree Fern in the World


Tree ferns have not only a gorgeous primordial presence but they can also add a fantastic exotic dimension to any tropical effect garden. However, despite many tree fern genera  being native to subtropical and tropical climates there are a few that you can consider growing in the mildest regions of the UK. However tree ferns are expensive and so to save losing a prized specimen to freezing conditions just which is the hardiest tree fern that you can buy? To find out English horticulturist picks out three of the most widely cultivated tree ferns for garden use and checks out their relative cold hardiness.

Those are Sphaeropteris cooperi, Dicksonia antarctica and Dicksonia squarrosa.

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