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Dazzling colours

Sow biennial flowers as the blooms of this year’s display start to fade, so you can be sure you’ll have that dazzling colour back again next year.

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Plant of the Week: Rose

For centuries poets have waxed lyrical about their sweet scent, lovers have declared their passion with them and newly-wed couples have been showered with their petals.

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A container vegetable garden

Plant a container veg garden and pick delicious home-grown produce even if you don’t have much garden space – or if you’ve filled up your garden and still want to grow more!

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International recognition for Irish gardens

The International Dendrology Society presented its plaque to the garden for its ‘horticultural collection of unequalled diversity’, calling it ‘one of the most remarkable tree collections not only in Ireland but in the whole of Europe’. The plaque is one of only 16 awarded in the Society’s 60-year history and the first given to an Irish garden or arboretum.

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Plant of the Week: Banana Plant

Team these lush, leafy plants with other tropical-look beauties such as bamboos, cannas or hardy palms to transport yourself to the Caribbean every time you step outside your back door.

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Stock up salads

You can give your home-grown salad bar a kick start right now by picking up a few strips of salad plug plant veg from the garden centre to drop straight into the garden. Sow a second batch alongside right now to take up the reins after they’ve finished; a third batch in three or four weeks will keep the supply coming into late summer.

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Do the Chelsea Chop

It works best on late-flowering perennials, including sedum, phlox, heleniums, echinacea, anthemis and solidago.

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Plant of the Week: Chilli pepper

Chilli peppers are great fun to grow and make gorgeous plants with their lipstick-red, purple, yellow or orange fruits and brilliant green foliage.

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Annual flowers

Sow annual flowers now for a spectacular display of colour and beauty later in the summer.

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What to do in the garden in May?

It’s a good time of year to be a gardener – so here are the jobs you can be getting on with this month! 

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