30 August 2017 by Dr Jane Bingham
Spectacular September Sale
40% off all outdoor plants! Yes, that’s right 40% off every plant in our beautiful Plant Area!
Starting on 2nd September for our Garden Club members and on 9th September for all customers, and lasting all the way through to 17th September, so get ready, steady, grow!
This is an excellent, not to be missed opportunity, to buy trees, hedging plants, shrubs, roses and climbers. Maybe there’s that favourite Acer, weeping conifer or topiary that you’ve had your eye on – now’s your chance to get it. Take this opportunity to fill in gaps in your borders with herbaceous plants for colour year after year. Shop early as our shelves will empty quickly – have fun!
Bedding plants and bulbs
Plant up bedding plants and bulbs for cheerful colour throughout winter and into spring.
Pansies and violas should flower their socks off from now until spring.
Primroses and polyanthus start flowering in midwinter and last well into spring.
Plant tubers of the dainty Cyclamen coum, which flowers in the depth of winter.
Forget-me-not (Myosotis) provides colour for a long period from early spring and looks lovely with daffodils and other spring bulbs.
Wallflowers bloom in late spring and associate well with tulips.
A huge selection of bedding plants and bulbs are available now at The Mains of Drum.
Add more interest by using evergreens like heathers, small conifers and shrubs, and trailing ivy.
It’s a Good Time for Planting
September and October are great months for planting. The soil is still warm from the summer sunshine and is moist due to more rainfall. What’s more, plant roots will have plenty of time to grow and become established before the sap rises in spring and plants surge into growth again.
We have a huge choice of herbaceous plants and if they are planted now they will become well established and reward you with a glorious display next year.
It’s a Good Time for Scarifying and Aerating Lawns
Scarify and aerate lawns now to keep grass strong and healthy over winter, before our northerly temperatures plummet in October. Scarifying reduces the build-up of thatch (dead grass, moss, etc.). This thatch layer stifles grass and impedes drainage. The easy option is to use a machine for the job, but vigorous raking provides a good workout.
Aerating relieves compaction and encourages good drainage, reducing the growth of moss, lichens, algae and slime moulds, which become prominent in the cool, humid conditions encountered here in early autumn. Aerate using a hollow-tine corer or a garden fork, making holes 10cm deep, spaced 10-15cm apart. Brush a top dressing of sandy loam into the holes. This helps to protect exposed roots from penetrating frosts, which can start as early as next month.
Follow up with an application of autumn lawn fertiliser.
Our superb displays, including NEW additions to our collection of Inspiring Gardens displays, such as the ‘Tranquillity Garden’ and ‘A Seat in the Shade’.
Our ‘Pinetum’ is also looking good, featuring:
Pinus wallichiana with its long, drooping blue-green needles.
Pinus sylvestris ‘Nana’ (Dwarf Scots Pine) and Pinus mugo (Dwarf Mountain Pine) which are ideal for a small garden.
Pinus nigra (Austrian Black Pine) adds drama to large gardens.