Welcome to the Sunday Gardener

May brings warmer weather and everything in the garden is starting to grow and shoot up.   As soon as the soil warms up it is possible to plant outside and to sow seed direct into the garden and veg plot. 

Even in May the weather can be fickle and the risk of frost remains in some parts of the country. Where frost can occur, mostly North of Birmingham it is best to wait until the end of the month before planting out any tender plants or summer bedding

 There is lots to do and plant in the garden in May. Ideas and tips to get your garden off the a good gardening start. 


Clematis montana is one of the easiest Clematis to grow. It is very vigorous which means it will cover a large wall, fence or romp up a tree within a few seasons. It also requires no pruning, which are all good plus points. Clematis montana flowering colour ranges  from  creamy white,  tinged pink through to soft pink flowers. There are many to chose from, over 19 varieties listed on one on line retailer many of which are scented. 

April is a good time to either seed tomatoes, or buy plants from the garden centers ready to grow on in the greenhouse or under glass.

The easiest tomatoes to grow, especially if you do not have ideal conditions are the smaller cherry types. Tomatoes need a good bit of time and attention; advise and tips on growing tomatoes and a comprehensive guide to "Success with Tomatoes" 

Best plants and shrubs for February
  May is always Bluebell time. There are lots of blue bell gardens to visit and lovely woodlands to walk in and enjoy the sight and fragrance of bluebells. You don't have to travel far to find a bank or hillside which has been carpeted in bluebells. 

If you are inspired to plant some bluebells in your garden be aware that they are vigorous and keep away from the Spanish impostors. Tips on growing bluebells and how to tell the difference between English and Spanish bluebells.

  The Sunday Gardener is full of free practical gardening advice. There is advice on spring flowering plants and shrubs, and summer flowering plants and shrubs. Advise on climbing plantsscented plants, and plants for shade. Pages of detailed growing advise and images to help you select the best plants for your garden. 

Lots of practical tips on gardening including how to beat the slugs, projects such as how to build a pond, and ideas for gardening by the seaside.

Check out also pages on growing vegetables and a month by month seasonal calendar.

  More than ever gardening is about being greener and helping wildlife. Ideas about wildlife friendly plants and plants for bees and butterflies which are easy to grow and will ensure your garden has a buzz.   

  Struggling to identify a shrub or plant? Send an image to theSunday Gardener for help.

  "Sunday in the Garden" is a monthly newsletter with seasonal advice and ideas. Each month there are tips on how to get the best from your garden featuring easy to grow plants to -Sign Up for the newsletter


 

For help from the Sunday Gardener and plant identification service


follow me on youtube