Gardening Tips and Advice Week 1

SERC's team of horticulture experts will be brining you weekly gardening tips and advice.

This week Horticulture lecturer Joanna Loane gives us some advice on making some winter foliage for an indoor display and planting some Muscari. 

Indoor Display

It is great to enjoy plants from the garden all year round! Why not cut some winter foliage and create an indoor display? This example includes purple and green leaves of Pittosporum, and some purple stems of deciduous Acer ‘Sango Kaku’ (Coral Bark Maple). There are other advantages of bringing foliage into the house, for example, the bay in this display; smells lovely when it is being cut, and the leaves can be plucked off and used in soups and casseroles! 


Don’t worry if you didn’t get round to planting your spring bulbs in autumn, it’s not too late to have them in your garden! Many growers plant small pots with bulbs in autumn and have them ready for use now. In this example, I have planted Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) into a lined basket. I have topped it off with moss (raked directly from my grass). Now all I have to do is wait for the sea of blue to emerge in a few weeks! 

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