Gardening tips: plant pulmonarias

Gardens: what to do this week


Then hack back honeysuckle and help a gardening charity

Honeysuckle provides a fantastic habitat for wildlife. Photograph: Alamy

Plant this

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.

Tame this

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.

Support this

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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