Gardener’s Diary; Enjoy Colourful May in the Garden

May the most exciting and busiest period for gardening is now here. Planting begins in earnest this month but, don’t rush in with tender bedding schemes too early as the frost could still catch you out.

Monthly Reminders



Continue regular spraying to control black spit and other diseases. Greenflies are an issue now, try a combined pesticide to control, insects and diseases.

Alpine and Rockery Plants

These will be showing excellent colour this month.

Herbaceous Perennials

An excellent time to create or add to your herbaceous border. We stock a wide range of decorative grasses, bamboos and ferns.

Trees and Shrubs

This month is very colourful for flowering trees and shrubs.

CherryFruit Trees

Why not consider fruit trees? We have dwarf and patio varieties, for smaller gardens. Don’t forget that plum and cherry trees can be pruned, from the end of this month. Do this in spring and summer as these are vulnerable to silver leaf; a fungal disease.


We stock a range of pond plant containers, aquatic soil, barley straw and pond plant fertiliser in our extended aquatic pond area.

Baskets and Containers

Now is the time to plant, or replant, those baskets and containers. Start selecting your geraniums, fuchsias, trailing petunias, marguerites, pansies, and begonias, along with trailing and bedding plants. Don’t forget to protect your baskets and containers overnight, if frost is expected. If you are looking for new pots or containers, come and visit our newly expanded pottery display area. We have literally, thousands of pots for sale!


Most vegetable seeds can be sown this month. Dibble them in short rows of moderate intervals, to ensure spaced cropping. Young vegetable plants are now on sale at the centre. Vegetables can also be planted in unheated greenhouses, providing a fleece is used during cold spells. A full range of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, aubergines and many others are now on sale at Farnborough Garden Centre.Veg box

Looking good this month

Japanese Acers

These attractive small trees are now available, and just coming into leaf.


A new range of these beautiful shrubs and small trees is available and they are beginning to foliate. Encliandra and Triphylla species will be arriving this month.


Our larger specimens are looking good, with some attractively scented types.

Stoneware items

A new selection of reconstructed Cotswold stone tubs, ornaments and birdbaths are now in.

Flowering Cherries

Our selection look beautiful in bloom.


These are now in stock, including some unusual varieties.

Pete’s Top Tips for May

A time when the arrival of bedding, basket and patio plants signals the promise of rich, exotic colours in summer gardens. Here are a few things to remember.Watering can

  1. Watering

This must be regular and frequent particularly for baskets and containers. In hot dry weather, this will need to be undertaken at least once a day.

  1. Feeding

An absolute must, especially where baskets and containers are concerned. This is something frequently overlooked leading to disappointment. Granular fertiliser or liquid feeds can be used at least weekly once plants are established.

  1. Deadheading

Most annual bedding plants benefit from the regular removal of dead flower heads to encourage new growth and flowers.

  1. Trimming

Don’t be afraid to cut back plants that are becoming too large or trailing too far in baskets. Regular trimming coupled with feeding will make big improvements in many cases.

Pete Toms

Written by Pete Toms

Farnborough Garden Centre Southam Road,

Banbury OX17 1EL

01295 690479