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September 29, 2017

Turf requirements range from a bit of grass for football and picnics to the immaculate display of the crown green bowling greens.  The majority of us want a reasonably level, healthy sward on which to gaze and offset the labour of love which is our garden.  There will always be specifics like worn walking areas or patches to replace entirely due to pet damage but on the whole just follow these three simple practices to add a bounce to the spring lawn.


September 29, 2017

To Autumn: 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness'  John Keats

Celebrated in Keats famous ode to the season, is the glory, abundance and wealth of colour to appreciate at this time of the year offers.  We may have missed out on summer sun in the UK but October, with its diminishing workload and celebration of harvest,  is often sublime and  lends  a plethora of gardening delights to ease the  transfer into the darker days of deep winter.  Choose from...

September 7, 2017

September is the start of the bulb planting season, with the bulk of planting done in October.  A little attention now can give the gardener much to look forward to and yield fantastic results in the garden next spring. We hope these simple siting and planting instructions will help.  .  As with plants throughout the season, match your bulb to your conditions.


Crocus, tulip and dwarf narcissi work well as do well on average sit...

July 1, 2017


If you are using a standard wire basket, you can use, coir, felt or sphagnum moss, but some of the baskets we stock come with a liner. We stock a large and varied selection of baskets.


As most baskets only last for a season a good multi purpose compost is fine, I prefer Jacks Magic or J Arthur Bowers MP. An addition of a small handful of slow release fertiliser, I use Gardman Miracle Gro all purpose, is a good idea. Also consid...

June 13, 2017

We are really glad you like our new display of Orchids at the entrance.  Thank you for all your lovely comments and for bearing with us while we rearrange our HOUSEPLANT SECTION.

Orchids have the potential to look good all year round with their generous flowering periods and wealth of colour.  White is perennially popular but the range available stretches from pale lemon yellow to disco pink and vibrant, cocktail orange.

Due to the availability of Orchids the...

May 9, 2017

Here at The Langton’s, we’ve been experimenting with Smart Ground Cover, a new mulching product aimed at keeping the weeds at bay and retaining soil moisture. So, we decided to put it to the test in the windy, high traffic, difficult to maintain area which is the front car park. 

Here’s what we found:

Yes, fibres lock together sealing in moisture and preventing weed growth.  Plus does not blow about, creating mess and diminishing impact and mulch level....

May 8, 2017

The beauty of pots, baskets and containers is that you are at liberty to mix whatever you like.  The constraints of acidic soil or shady areas, damp ground and frost hollows just melt into insignificance.  With a pot you can do what you like. 

 You’re the boss, particularly if you are planting single species.  To this end a mass of purple primula look delightful at this time of year or a mix of lemon polyanthus beneath a white Dicentra.  The choice...

March 5, 2017

People sometimes forget that a single lawn consists of thousands of individual plants. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach successful care. Aerating and addressing drainage during autumn helps the turf stay healthy over winter and assists growth into spring.

As the weather warms, service the mower and set the blades to high for the first cut of the season.  A light trim on a dry day to encourage growth is ideal. Thereafter, mowing is best if...

February 23, 2017

Cleaning Nestboxes

The nests of most birds harbour fleas and other parasites, which remain to infest young birds that hatch the following year. We recommend that old nests be removed in the autumn, from August onwards once the birds have stopped using the box.

Maintaining your box

Use boiling water to kill any remaining parasites, and let the box dry out thoroughly before replacing the lid. Insecticides and flea powders must not be used.

Unhatched eggs in the b...

December 21, 2016

Pick your moment

Winter is a critical time for Garden Design. As leaves fall and the space becomes emptier, the bare bones of the garden are revealed.  Structure is everything in design.  When we buy plants in an attempt to fill gaps but fail to achieve the desired effect, it is usually because the underlying structure is missing. During the cold winter months the importance of trees, shrubs and hedging becomes ever more evident.  Without them you may be vie...

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