As the spring bulbs start to fade, May is a busy time to be gardening.
The herbaceous borders are springing into life with fresh new shoots appearing and growing by the day.
Planting and sowing of seasonal bedding can begin outside. Keep an eye on the weather forecast though, you don’t want to be caught out by a late frost.
May’s highlight is the fabulous display from your climbers that took a lot of time sorting out in February. Clematis, lonicera (honeysuckle) and of course wisteria will be full of flowers and fragrance paying back all your hard work
8 jobs to do in May
1. Cut grass regularly to your desired height. The growth will be noticeable as the weather warms up.
2. Keep on top of the weed growth throughout the garden. Regular hoeing will save a deep forking in late summer
3. Old spring bulbs can be tied down to tidy up
4. Hardy annuals can be sown direct into the planting borders. Lightly fork the area required. Rake to a fine tilth, sow the seeds and lightly rake into the surface, watering on completion.
5. Open greenhouses to aid ventilation and start to garden off your hanging baskets
6. Earth up early potatoes and sow mid – late potatoes.
7. Plant out seasonal bedding.
8. Soft wood cuttings can be taken from fuchsia, dahlias, senecio and other seasonal shrubs. Cut the fresh growth to approximately 50 mm cleaning all but the top two leaves from the stem, put into a well-drained compost and place into a cold frame. These should easily root within 14 days.
Our recommended plant of the month is wisteria x floribunda.
Photos of Clematis used with permission from Ulf Eliasson