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Gardeners World episode 20 2002
Bulbs make a fine display planted in containers or borders, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips in spring. They are one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow.
Bulbs are useful for adding colour to spring borders. Tulips come in all shades, from dark purple to white, and bloom at a time of year when many plants offer muted colours. Other bulbs, such as snowdrops and scillas, are some of the earliest flowering plants in the garden, brightening up the short days of very early spring.Planting summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and gladioli can provide dramatic, tall blooms that are scented.
Autumn-flowering bulbs, such as nerines, can brighten up the late season with unexpectedly colourful displays.
The main influence on positioning specific fruit crops is the site and aspect of your plot: light, temperature and exposure all have an important impact on the selection of fruit you can grow. Mapping out your garden or other growing area to note areas of shade and full sun is essential before you start planning and planting.
A few fruits are perfectly happy to grow and crop well in a shady spot, whereas most need full sunlight and the warmth that it provides to yield well. Gardeners with small enclosed gardens, balconies or courtyards may have to cope with a lot of shade and even shady, north- or east-facing aspects; such areas can be used to grow fruit such as alpine strawberries, acid cherries, redcurrants and whitecurrants and gooseberries. Sunny, especially south- or west-facing aspects on the other hand are ideal for growing just about any fruit, but especially sun lovers such as grapes, figs, peaches, nectarines and apricots.
Gardeners with a courtyard or garden surrounded by walls or fences should be aware of ‘rain shadows’. The base of such vertical structures is vulnerable to drying out, even in rainy weather. So, the soil here can be very dry and a plant using a wall or fence as a support can succumb to drought stress, unless adequate irrigation is provided.