Top 4 Gardening Tips For This Summer

Gardens are high maintenance and they require care all year round. However, you will face a different set of problems depending on the season you are in. Since summer is now close by, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give you some tips to help you maintain your garden this summer.


As soon as soil temperatures rise in the spring or early summer, the weeds will start to emerge too. Weeds usually thrive in the summer months and get killed off when the frost hits again. However, summer is when you want your garden looking its best so you can spend time out there with guests. These are some tips to help you get rid of them:

  • Apply mulch to your soil to prevent the growth of weeds
  • If you want to remove weeds, it is best to do so after it rains so the soil is moist


A lot of plants will be blooming in the spring and summer months because of the heat. However, that heat also means it is crucial you keep watering them regularly. Keeping a schedule can make this easier or even adding a watering timer so it happens automatically. Did you know that the best time to water your plants is morning or late evening? This way the water will run down the soil and into the roots without too much of that water being lost due to evaporation.

Our top tips:

  • Create a watering schedule
  • Have automatic watering timers
  • Water in the morning or late evening


To ensure your plants grow to their full potential, fertilisers are used to ensure they get the nutrients they need. However, the timings of when you apply the fertiliser can be very specific to see optimum results. It is recommended that you apply fertiliser once in early spring, twice in summer and one more in late autumn. This will help your plants to boost their colour and condition, especially during those hot summer months.

  • Apply fertiliser 1 time between March and April depending on the weather
  • Apply fertiliser 2 times between May and July
  • Apply fertiliser 1 time between September and November

Pruning Shrubs

In early summer, it is time to prune any shrubs that flowered in spring. You want to be pruning any growth that has finished flowering along with any crossed or damaged branches. This will encourage the plant to put its energy into other areas of the plant so it can produce better and bigger crops. You may wonder which plants you should be cropping so here are some examples:

  • Spring flowering shrubs (lilac, philadelphus, deutzia)
  • Tender shrubs (abutilon, outdoor fuchsias, hibiscus sinosyriacus)
  • Fruit trees (apples, cherries, pears, plums)

Contact Us

If you are looking to upgrade your garden this summer, our team at Eden Landscapes are professionals. Having designed and constructed gardens in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas for serval years, we look forward to helping build your dream garden.


You can get in touch with us on 01933 652 786 or fill out our online contact form for more information.

Which Plants Grow In Winter?

During the bitterly cold winter months, it can be hard to keep on top of your garden maintenance, especially as the vast majority of plants/flowers cannot withstand such conditions. For those looking to bring a bit of life back to their garden during this time, here are some of our picks for the best plants to grow in winter:

lily of the valley

Lily of The Valley

With its gentle, elegant appearance, the lily of the valley is actually quite deceiving. They are much more durable than they look, allowing them to withstand some rough cold conditions. They can survive even when planted in areas that have a restricted amount of sunlight, in addition to this, they have a poisonous nature that makes them resistant to attacks from deer and other animals.



Winterberries are one of the plants that are most commonly associated with the winter, not just because of their name. They are in fact regularly used for winter decor, a soothing red in colour, winterberries add an amazing touch of colour to your garden.

They can be planted in the autumn in order to prosper over the winter months. Please keep in mind that they must be kept in a patch of the garden that has a lot of sun, they also like to be kept in moist soil.

primrose flowers


The shallow roots of the primrose allow them to retain their moisture throughout the winter. Ideally, the primrose should be kept in light shade and is perfect for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their garden.

One of the main threats to primrose plants are snails and slugs, however, they can easily be kept at bay through the use of non-toxic slug bait.



The vibrant flowers, pansies, can survive at low temperatures, although we do advise covering them in mulch or pine straw in order to protect them from a build-up of frost. If you are looking for your pansies to flower at the start of spring, there is no harm in planting them towards the end of winter.

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)


Snowdrops actually thrive off the winter period and are typically the first bulbs of the year to flower. This delicate-looking flower comes in a variety of ranges including single and double-flowered versions.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Coneflower (Echinacea)

Do keep in mind that the coneflower will naturally lose its vibrant purple colour as the temperatures drop over the winter. However, they will come back stronger than ever in the spring when cared for properly over the winter. This sunlight-loving plant will thrive when planted in areas that have full access to sunlight, so do ensure to trim any dead stems/leaves too.

Additional Winter-Flowering Plants

  • Catmint
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Winter jasmine
  • Blue Spruce
  • Quince

Contact Our Landscaping Specialists

If you would like to learn more about the best plants to grow during the winter or interesting in any of our garden planting services, feel free to contact our friendly team today on 01933 652 786.

What to Consider When Designing Your Garden

Your garden should be just as important as every other room in your home. In summer, it can be a sanctuary where you can enjoy the sun and during the winter, you can appreciate its beauty changing from indoors. However, gardens don’t look beautiful on their own and require time and dedication to get them there.

Designing a garden is different from a room in the house and can be quite daunting if you don’t know where to start. Here is a guide to six things you should consider when designing your garden.

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Top Tips To Create The Perfect Outdoor Dining Area


Alfresco dining is one of life’s simple pleasures. Even though the UK weather isn’t always on our side, we find ways to make it work. After all, is there something better than sharing a delicious meal with friends and family in a beautiful setting? Of course not. The only thing that can make it better is enjoying those moments from the comfort and privacy of your home.

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Create Your Ideal Family Garden

kid playing in garden

While the benefits of playing outside for children may seem obvious, according to several surveys, many children in the UK don’t have regular access to outdoor playtime.

Experts have long been stressing the importance of active outdoor time to both the mental and physical health of children growing up. If you are an adult you may agree with me that the lure of digital technologies is just one of the many reasons why outdoor time is shrinking. Of course, there are benefits to both outdoor and indoor activities, in the same way, modern technologies have many advantages. The challenge is to achieve a balance.

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What Should I Be Planting in March?

March is considered to be the start of spring, with the days slowly lengthening and the sun feeling a little warmer. These extra hours of sunlight and warmth mean that you can spend a bit more time preparing your garden for summer.

Planting flowers, vegetables and shrubbery at the correct time of year is crucial for their growth. Planting your summer bulbs in spring allows for them to rest in warmer soil. However, many summer bulbs are susceptible to rotting so it’s important to place them in an area of your garden that has free-draining soil.

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Cleaning Your Patio

It’s getting to that time of year where everyone cannot wait for it to be summer. Warm evenings, a colourful garden and quality time spent outdoors. It sounds bliss, doesn’t it? That’s until you catch a glimpse of your green-tinged patio. Once you notice how dirty it is, you won’t be able to un-notice it.

That’s why we’ve put together this post to provide you with information on cleaning and maintaining your patio. Allowing you to enjoy those summer evenings and appreciate your garden in all its glory.

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How to Help Wildlife in Your Garden in Winter

You may not think that wildlife needs our help to survive throughout winter, but in actual fact, this is the time of year that they are most reliant on humans. As the weather starts to turn, there becomes less food available in the countryside to the overwintering wildlife, and by offering the correct food and shelter you can increase the diversity of creatures that appear in your garden.

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Hampton Court Show by Eden Landscapes

The famous Hampton Court Flower Show is the biggest flower show in the world and since 1990, when the first show was held, we Brits have been in love with the beautiful garden showcases and stunning natural designs.

At Eden Landscapes, we are exceptionally proud to say that we are sponsoring a garden and that we have been invited to construct a garden for the Hampton Court Flower Show!

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Conifers In The Garden

The first week in October was National conifer week and has just been celebrated in garden centres and nurseries across the country. Conifers had fallen out of fashion in the last few years and many people have come to dislike the ubiquitous ‘leylandii’ hedge, mostly because they have been neglected and become too large. But there are more to conifers than this.

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Colourful Winter displays

Now that the obvious charms of the summer container displays are losing their vibrancy it’s time to give the long months of winter some thought. With some careful consideration, there’s no reason why you can’t have colour and interest in pots and hanging baskets even on the coldest days.

Hanging baskets used to be packed away until the spring but these days they have much to offer all year round. There isn’t that much room so what you pick will need to come from a smaller pot and punch above its weight in what it can give you.

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How to Get Your Garden Looking Great In Winter

As the winter months are fast approaching so many of us will be looking out onto our gardens in despair; how has it gone from a beautiful summer paradise filled with colour to a baron wasteland devoid of life in a matter of weeks? Here at Eden Landscapes, we’re expert garden designers in Milton Keynes and we know the secrets of keeping your garden looking great all year round.

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Garrya The Servant of The Garden

Great Offers at Eden Landscapes

Whilst many of our favourite plants shout for our attention throughout the year some sit quietly in our gardens for most of the year with an air of modesty. They block unsightly views, they fill corners, they provide an evergreen background to more colourful cousins, they can filter out the noise and all without demanding much in return… until their one subtle moment of glory.

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Hellebores – The Winter Wonders in the Well Designed Garden

In the dark days of January & February when the cold drives us indoors, you might think that there isn’t much of interest going on in the garden. But you would be wrong.

The winter garden can have a lot to offer if planned right, especially with the help of a garden designer. And it’s now that the first signs of the new gardening season start to emerge and catch the eye. One of the stars of this time of year has to be the Hellebores in all their different guises, in flower and foliage they have a lot going for them and with a careful selection you can have flower colour from mid-winter through to early spring.

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Planting Ideas: New Garden Design

To take the plunge and have a new garden designed for you is a big step. It has many advantages though, not least of which is your chance to be involved and incorporate some of your own ideas into the garden design process. The whole point of your newly constructed garden is that with more of the new features that you want incorporating into it you should feel not only eager to be out in it and get more use from it but be comfortable in your new surroundings. The planting within the garden can influence this to a large degree.

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