Time to dig in: Alan Titchmarsh's tips on planting camellias or azaleas

Time to dig in: Alan Titchmarsh's tips on planting camellias or azaleas

Welcome to the planting season!



Yes, I know that many folk consider the planting season to be spring, but there is a whole host of things that can really benefit from being planted in your garden in late summer or early autumn.

As well as evergreens and conifers, which are traditionally planted at this time of year and are grateful for soil that’s not cold, Britain’s increasingly frequent Indian summers are doing much to keep the soil hospitable to other plant roots, too.

Only on heavy clay soils would I avoid planting evergreens and perennials at this time of year but on any reasonable earth, planting things now means that their roots will grow instantly.

Camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and pieris will be particularly grateful. But be careful not to bury rhododendrons and azaleas too deeply. 

Make sure, too, with established camellias, that the soil around their roots does not dry out, as this could result in bud drop come spring.

A huge variety of perennials will be on offer at your local nursery or garden centre.

Ignore the people who tell you planting time is past and that the only things to buy are spring-flowering bulbs and spring bedding.

Get these in, too, but don’t ignore the permanent residents that will be happy to oblige and save you a few bob into the bargain!

Don’t miss Alan’s gardening column today and Tip Of The Day every weekday in the Daily Express. For more information on Alan’s range of gardening products visit alantitchmarsh.com

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Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:01:00 +0000

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