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The May Calender has tips on what to do in the garden this month, and ideas for the veg plot. 

Check what to plant now, and which are the more tender plants and veggies to keep under cover, for now.

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    Best Plants and Shrubs for May



    Camassia is a beautiful spring flowering bulb which returns each year. Camassia is easy to grow, best planted in sun or light shade on soil, preferably on the damp side but which never becomes waterlogged. It is a showy bulb slightly tender.  Growing tips.


    Wisteria blooms

    If you are debating whether to grow Wisteria, now is the time to take the plunge because you can buy a small plant in flower, then you know it will flower which is a good start.  Everything you need to know about Growing Wisteria.

    Wildlife this month

    Fledgling birds

    Birds are nesting and baby birds are in the nest and will fledge soon. Even if that hedge looks a bit of a mess, resist the urge to cut it back unless you are sure there are no birds nests in it, and they usually are well hidden!

    In the Veg plot


    Strawberries are starting to flower and so fruit will follow. May is the time to mulch the bed to keep the fruits clear from the ground and ensure the bed is netted against pests.

    Gardening ideas and inspiration

    Clematis Piilu

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

    Lavatera 'Barnsley'

    Ideas for the Best Evergreen shrubs, Spring and Summer Flowering shrubs and fast growing shrubs.

    Bees on Sedum

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


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

    gloves and secateurs essential gardening kit

    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.

    Garden Pond with lilies in the rain

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

    Snails on a Hosta

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

    Award winning blogs

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