Buckland Nurseries

Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.  David and Linda Hogg

The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside). 

Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre. 

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August Garden Notes

Pruning shrubs is an important part of general garden husbandry. Most plants will benefit from gentle pruning; older, straggly specimens will need a good hard cutback. Not only will they look much neater, but they will spring back with renewed vigour. Look out for stronger growth and better flowering in the following months. Take the opportunity to remove diseased and damaged stems which will hold back otherwise healthy plants.

Timing is important. Generally, it’s best to prune back summer shrubs such as philadelphus and weigela after flowering. Less woody shrubs which flower on the current season’s growth can be cut back in early spring. Lavender and hydrangea  fall into this group.  Whenever you do it, give them a feed and water to help give them a fresh start.

Late August is an ideal time to prune rambler roses. Once they have established after a couple of years, cut back hard all stems that have flowered. Tie in new shoots as they develop. Climbing roses should be pruned after flowering -usually in the autumn. Wait until the dormant winter months to prune most other roses, but be careful to avoid frosty conditions. If any stems have dieback, cut back to “good wood”, i.e. a healthy white pith.

Fruit trees and bushes need correct pruning to encourage healthy growth and good cropping. Most require winter pruning for best results. Again, this will be a perfect opportunity to remove damaged and diseased stems, and to thin out and renovate neglected plants.

Back to August, and hedges which have seen untidy growth can be neatened, as can topiary such as box.

David Hogg

Buckland Nurseries