Gardens: what to do this week
Then hack back honeysuckle and help a gardening charity
Honeysuckle provides a fantastic habitat for wildlife. Photograph: Alamy
Pulmonarias flower this month right into May, offering a nectar-rich treat for bees. You can enjoy their silver-spotted foliage and their merit as a groundcover plant in shadier, damp borders. Cultivar ‘Diana Clare’ is one of the best, with its pinky-violet flowers. Height and spread: 40 x 40cm.
Honeysuckle can provide wonderful hideouts for wildlife, but if yours is congested at the top and bare at the bottom, now is the time to act. Cut stems back to around knee height, leaving a few of the healthiest stems a little longer so you can tie them into your pergola or trellis.
More than 50 gardens at children’s hospices around the UK have so far been created by the Greenfingers Charity. Help their fundraising day on Friday (13 March) by supporting an event near you.
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