Rosy Hardy’s March Tips

Rosy Hardy’s March Tips

Brewin Dolphin garden designer Rosy Hardy’s top tips for March


Finish off the pruning of apple trees making sure the secateurs in use are clean and sharp. Do not tear any of the branches, clean cuts only.

Plums and Cherries can also start to be pruned at this time of the year.

It is also the time to do the last winter prune of your Wisteria, making sure not to be too brutal, but not leaving too much wispy growth either.

In the vegetable patch it is time to plant your garlic, if it was not done in the autumn. Also time to plant the broad beans and remember the heritage seed varieties are usually the best flavour.

If you like early forced rhubarb your cloches need to be over the crowns now.

There are still bulbs that need potting up in March in order to give you early summer displays.

This is also the time to start planning the flower borders. Some hardy annuals can be started off in the greenhouse, whilst others can be directly sown out in the garden.

Wonderful old-fashioned annual plants such as Cosmos give that extra bit of lift to any border or container. Remember 2016 is ‘The year of the Cosmos’.

It is the time to start ordering your herbaceous perennials to add to or even start new borders. Make sure all borders are properly prepared before planting looking after the soil is the key to great gardening.

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