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Gardening Calendar a month by month guide.

What to sow under glass and in the garden

When to plant out bedding plants

how to do the Chelsea Chop

and more

What to do in the Garden in May 


Best Shrubs and Plants for May

Scented Clematis montana

Clematis montana never fails to please. It is one of the easiest Clematis to grow and a Group 1 which needs no pruning. 
Even though it has large flowers, it seems to avoid Clematis Wilt and is generally pest-free.
This is C. montana 'Elizabeth' one of the more strongly scented varieties, pure vanilla. There are several montana varieties available which are scented and available on Crocus.

Wonderful Wisteria

Wisteria is the most spectacular of climbers, draped in scented racemes which are long flowering.
Getting wisteria to grow is easy, getting it to flower requires more attention. Tips on growing Wisteria and video How to get Wisteria to flower. 
Sit back, relax and enjoy a Wisteria in full bloom.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'

Peony is often grown for its spectacular rose-like flowers but many are also scented. Illustrated is Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty' which is one of the scented varieties and there are several more- check out on Crocus. Peony is a herbaceous perennial which comes back reliably each year and can be grown on most soil types and in sun/partial shade.

More information about Peonies and growing tips.

V. × carlcephalum,

There are a number of scented Viburnum such as V. bodnantense, and V. × burkwoodii, both of which are semi-evergreen and spring flowering with a lovely scent. The Viburnum flowering now and Illustrated is V. × carlcephalum, sweetly scented flowers start pink and open white. It is easy to grow and tolerant of semi-shade.
There are also Viburnums which are evergreen and all are easy to grow ;  check out Thompson and Morgan selection of Viburnums

Gardening ideas and inspiration

Allium with butterfly

Easy to grow Spring and Summer flowering plants, advice as to the best climbing and scented plants to suit your garden.

Ceanothus in bloom lovely soft blue flowers

Ideas for best  Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast-growing shrubs.

bee on sedum

Advice on plants to attract bees and butterflies into your garden. Check out the 10 Best wildlife friendly plants and shrubs.

tomatoes on the vine ripening

How to grow your own veg, including growing from seed and the best veg for growing in containers.

toms in hanging basket

A month by month guide with advice and top tips what to do in the garden each month. Seasonal monthly advice in the Sunday Gardener's Newsletter.

ducks on garden pond

An easy step-by-step guide with illustrations on how to build a pond, choosing a pond liner, and attracting wildlife to your pond.

gardening tips

Pages of gardening tips including how to get rid of slugs and snails, what frost hardy means, when to use the Chelsea Chop and much more.

gardening calender  month by month what to do in the garden

Regular posts with gardening chat on the Sunday Gardener's award-winning blog, including visitors' questions.

Last updated 26.04.2021