Top Tips for Extending Garden Colour into Autumn.

summer border
©Shutterstock – Take stock of borders now to begin planning for autumn colour.

August is a great time to take stock of your borders and containers. Right now, they should be in full swing; a riot of colour! But in a couple of months they will begin to fade and so it’s worth planning ahead now. Make sure that you have some plants waiting in the wings if you want to keep your display looking fresh and colourful.  

Here are some top tips for extending your display well into autumn.

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Join the Big Butterfly Count 2020

The Big Butterfly Count

Peacock Butterflies
©Van Meuwen – Peacock Butterflies are a common sight in UK gardens.

Have you spotted any butterflies lately? If your garden is a haven for them then why not take part in the Big Butterfly Count? This annual event runs from Friday 17 July and Sunday 9 August this year, so you still have plenty of time to get involved.

It’s a simple but effective way of testing the state of the UK’s butterfly populations. People up and down the UK will be stepping outside for 15 minutes with a cuppa and an identification sheet, downloaded from Butterfly Conservation’s website https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/ .  Choose a sunny spot to sit and record how many of each different species you can spot in your garden.
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Win a beautiful date palm!

We’ve got 5 stunning Canary Island Date Palms to giveaway
Featured: Phoenix Palm

Want the chance to win this beautiful Canary Island Date Palm? Tell us what you think about Van Meuwen and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win one of these magnificent trees.*

We value your opinion

Happy customers make our day. We work hard to offer quality plants and bulbs and provide excellent customer service, all at an affordable price.

With your help we can do better. Complete the short customer survey at the bottom of the page, telling us what you like about Van Meuwen and what you think we could improve on.

And to show our thanks, we’ll enter you into our prize draw to win one of five Canary Island Date Palms.

The survey

The survey will take around ten minutes to complete and is further down this page. To be eligible for the prize draw, please complete the survey by Sunday 14th October 2018

Thank you for your help and good luck!

* Customers who complete Van Meuwen’s online customer survey before 14th October 2018 will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of five Canary Island Date Palms. Entries are limited to one per customer.

How to grow blueberries

Here’s everything you need to know to grow brilliant blueberries
Image source: Anna Subbotina

Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries are not only delicious, they make beautiful garden plants too! White flowers in spring are followed by blue-grey fruits in mid-summer and fiery red foliage in autumn. Read our blueberry growing guide to learn how to grow and care for blueberry plants in your garden.

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