Welcome to The Sunday Gardener

The Sunday Gardener is an independent website packed full of gardening advice, tips, seasonal information and pages of practical gardening info. There are over 200 pages of gardening advice and if you need more information, e-mail The Sunday Gardener for help.

You can search this website for information on any gardening topics. See the search function above.

What to do in the garden in May

Frost free by the end of May plant out bedding plants. What are the best bedding plants ?

How to keep your perennials in trim- In May try out the Chelsea Chop plus a Sunday garden video demystifying the Chelsea Chop.

6 YouTube videos about what to do in the garden in May


There are over 60 short videos on The Sunday Gardener's YouTube channel full of gardening tips and ideas. Everything you need to know from How to get Wisteria flower, pruning clematis, veg videos and what to do in your garden from March - July.  

Best Shrubs and Plants for May

wonderful wisteria

May is wonderful Wisteria time. A wisteria in full bloom is hard to beat, with long scented racemes of flower in delicate shades of mauve and white. Wisteria is easy to grow, but hard to make it flower. For tips about growing Wisteria, some beautiful images of wisteria including the one in Bridgerton.

Have a virtual viewing of wisteria in flower, and video tips on how to get your wisteria to flower.(watched over 298k times and 2.1k likes)

You do not need to have a large garden or stately home to grow wisteria. You can grow a less vigorous variety and you can grow it as a standard which is much more manageable. Information on the growing Wisteria page.

Clematis montana a garden favourite

Clematis montana

One of the easiest Clematis to grow, C. montana flowers in May with lovely soft velvety flowers in shades of pink and white. Many varieties are scented vanilla.

C. Montana is pruning group 1 which is the least demanding of the clematis pruning groups which in part accounts for its popularity.

It is a vigorous climbing and needs a large space which is why it is ideal for growing along fences, over roofs and garages where it can spread.

Avens Geum

Geum 'Totally Tangerine'

Geum used to be less popular, having small flowers which often disappointed. Happily, new varieties are now available and illustrated is Geum 'Totally Tangerine' which has bright orange flowers. It will flower for months, as long as it is regularly dead headed and is a herbaceous perennial.

This variety is available from Crocus, along with a selection of Geums in shades of bright red, yellow, orange plus the very subtle Geum rivale, the water aven. Insignificant flowers which the bees go made for.

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.

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  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, installing 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.