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Gardening: Five tips for perking up your pond

WE all know the advantages of ponds – they attract wildlife, providing nutrients for both insects, mammals and fish, as well as being a place of tranquillity and calm in the garden.

Gardening: Mind the gap – how to fill your garden borders when spaces appear in summer

Hannah Stephenson
AS early lupins, cranesbill geraniums and other early-summer-flowering perennials fade, how are you going to fill the gaps in your borders? Giving some spent perennials a good haircut may help a second flush of blooms, but these are seldom as impressive as the first flowers, so it's good to have a few fillers waiting in the wing.

Bring a touch of the Med to your garden

John Manley
AT the beginning of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society advised gardeners to choose more Mediterranean plants, making their gardens drought-proof.

The Casual Gardener: Know your ornamental onions

John Manley
WE HAVE lift off. As mid-summer fast approaches, the ornamental garden has responded accordingly – the billowing foliage of the cranesbill geraniums topped by pink and mauve flowers, bees buzzing around the bright yellow emerging blooms of the Anthemis, while the papery, red oriental poppies burst from buds resembling furry alien eggs.

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