TO celebrate this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23-27 May), National Holidays (www.nationalholidays.com), organisers of trips including the highly proclaimed gardener’s event have sought 2017 trends and tips from top online gardening experts Nicky Roeber and Angela Slater to help green-fingered folk create their own award
winning ‘Chelsea Garden’ at home in both rural and urban settings.
Nicky predicts that gardeners across the country will embrace vertical gardening this summer.
“For urban gardeners vertical gardening is an ingenious way of getting the most out of every available inch of a compact outdoor space, making it the perfect option in urban gardens that only get a limited amount of sun. For homeowners with a larger outdoor space, vertical gardens can still make a head-turning focal point. Whether you plant yours with delicate ornamental grasses, succulents, or
even use it as an inspired way to grow your own vegetables, it’s sure to draw a lot of attention.
Resident expert, Angela Slater from Hayes Garden World offers her advice on low maintenance hanging baskets, a favoured classic still amongst gardeners.
• Include controlled release fertiliser and water
retention granules in the planting compost.
• Invest in an automatic drip irrigation system which can
save hours of watering and will keep your baskets evenly
• Keep dead-heading and you’ll be rewarded with
• To keep displays going on into early autumn, start
feeding with a weak solution of tomato fertiliser every
week from about mid-August.
And for something different to the traditional flower
hanging basket? “A hanging basket full of tumbling tomatoes
or strawberries makes a fantastic alternative to the usual
summer bedding plants,” adds Angela.