NEW YEAR, NEW GARDEN
At Nicholsons, we want to make lockdown useful! We have made it our mission to help and inspire you to plan and prepare the garden of your dreams to enjoy over Summer.
Our Plant Centre remains open for outdoor plant sales
Fully stocked 23-acre plant nursery
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Understanding Soil pH: Recommendations for Soil Types
Soil pH levels vary from region to region – and even from garden to garden – with different plants thriving in preferred soil types. While you can (to some extent) modify pH levels in your soil, finding the plants best suited to flourish in your garden makes testing your soil a worthwhile investment before planting or designing a new garden.
In this week’s blog, Libby Reeves (horticultural expert at Nicholsons), explains what you need to know about soil pH, along with her recommended selection of trees best suited to different soil types and soil pH. Libby outlines how understanding your soil is crucial to nurturing a healthy plant: the right plant in the right place is key.
Plant of the Week
Osmanthus × burkwoodii
Burkwood osmanthus makes for a beautiful hedge, or a stand-alone shrub. An evergreen plant that doesn’t get too tall and is noted for its clusters of small white flowers that are deliciously scented. It can reach up to 2 to 3 metres but is easily kept at lower heights, and the dark green foliage is a perfect backdrop for other plants.
A jasmine-like fragrance fills the air when it flowers in Spring, from April to May. Therefore, it is ideal to plant near the house, next to a path or patio, to enjoy its aroma when in flower. Trim the plant or hedge after flowering to increase the flowering for the following year.
Osmanthus × burkwoodii is happiest in full sun or partial shade and will grow in any soil type but must be fertile and well-drained. It is mostly hardy, but may not withstand cold, open areas which could damage the leaves.