Summer Symmetry

Take a look at this month’s planting design, a great design to smarten up your garden.

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August – Rhodochiton Purple Bells

Fantastic annual climber usually available from July, will flower until first major frosts can be overwintered in a greenhouse.

Extremely beautiful rapid growing climber that starts flowering in June and continues until killed by frost. Delightful parasol-shaped fuchsia pink calyx with black/purple to crimson 2½in flowers within. Sunny pergolas, porches, walls. Flowers mid summer to autumn.

Likes full sun.

How to choose professional landscape gardeners

How to choose your landscape gardeners for landscaping, garden design and build projects

When you employ a professional landscape gardener to design and build your garden you get real peace of mind knowing that the elements of your garden will grow and develop where they need to. They will last and age with grace where they should.

  1. Experience – Every garden is unique so it is very important to choose a landscaper who has the confidence and experience to deal with whatever they might find in your garden. Your landscaping team need to be able to interpret your ideas and turn them into reality in your garden.
  2. Communication – For this to work effectively communication is absolutely key, so make sure you get involved with the team right from the start. Let them know how you feel about what they are proposing.
  3. Specialist or general – Some landscape gardeners cover a variety of services including turf laying, fencing, decking, patio laying and planting. Others however only specialise in one area.
  4. Case studies – ask to see examples of their work. Landscape gardeners are proud of their work and they will probably have loads of photos or even a video for you to look at. You can check the quality of their work and see if you like what it is they do.
  5. Testimonials – unless they’ve been recommended to you ask them for testimonials from some of their past customers.
  6. Quote – Make sure the garden landscaper puts their quote in writing on official headed paper showing a postal address and full contact details.

The time and effort spent choosing the right garden landscaping company will ensure your garden project runs to plan, is on schedule, not overpriced and the end result is the garden you’ve always wanted.

Garden Style are a landscaping company that have a wealth of experience and offer a comprehensive range of landscape gardening throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire. They are based at Rhinegold Garden Centre in Loxley just outside Sheffield, where you will also find a huge stock of plants and garden accessories. If you are interested in a full on landscaping project or just a modest garden makeover we’d be happy to talk about your ideas. Tell us how much you want to spend and we will provide you with the best possible solution.

Call us on 0114 221 5066 or email us [email protected]

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Rhinegold Garden Centre

What to do in your garden in October

Summer has been amazing and the mild weather continues into the Autumn this year.  Now is a great time to get your garden ready for the winter months ahead. Check out our tips on what you should be doing this month. As always, if you have any questions then feel free to post them on our Facebook page


  • Conduct a thorough weeding at the start of the month to reduce work during the wet months to come
  • Plant herbaceous perennials
  • Remove any remaining annuals and plant out biennials and hardy perennials raised from seed
  • Thin out any dense patches of water plants in your pond and clean up any litter and leaves from the surface and bottom. Thin out oxygenating plants. Don’t forget to place a net over the pool to protect from falling leaves.
  • Spray cherries, peaches and nectarines
  • Plant out winter and hardy spring vegetables
  • Remove dead leaves, and remove any remaining annuals and summer bedding plants
  • Dress borders with bone-meal
  • Continue to weed and turn beds


Autumn is a critical time in the lawn care calendar. Help to prepare the lawn to make it through the difficult winter months and ensure that your lawn looks its best come the Spring.

  • Repair damaged or worn areas of the lawn.
  • Autumn is a very good time to sow a new lawn from seed.
  • Treat mossy  lawns with an Autumn lawn feed and mss killer. Wait until the moss has turned black, (about 2 weeks) and remove the dead moss with a spring tine rake.
  • Adjust the cutting height on your lawnmower so that it cuts the grass higher.
  • Mow about once a fortnight until about mid October, depending on the weather conditions.
  • Recut the lawn edges with a half moon edging iron to create a neat finish.


  • Bring tender succulents under cover for winter
  • Empty begonia tubers from pots
  • Water plants more sparingly
  • Sow sweet peas for early flowers next summer
  • Line the inside of your greenhouse with bubble polythene
  • Check heaters are working


  • Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns
  • Plant up patio pots for autumn interest
  • Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them
  • Prune rambling and climbing roses, and shorten long shoots on standard roses
  • Move shrubs that are growing in the wrong places

Fruit and Veg

  • Make a cross-cut in cabbage stems when harvesting
  • Sow broad beans for early crops next May and June
  • Put cloches over tender herbs like basil and coriander
  • Plant garlic and autumn onion sets
  • Pick apples and pears before the wind blows them down
  • Finish pruning blackberries and autumn-fruiting raspberries

Need more advice? Post a question on our Facebook page or pop into the garden centre and talk to a member of our experienced garden team.

A Stainless Century show garden

A different format this month as we look back at the planting in the RHS Gold Medal winning ‘A Stainless Century’ show garden. The planting design is by Phil Hirst who of course designed the garden. We look at one part that you could take away and use together in a free draining border or raised bed.

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Wood Henge – A Landscape Garden Design Project

A retired couple were downsizing and asked us to redesign their rear garden, which was very overgrown and totally unsuitable. They wanted to retain the mature planting on the boundary to maintain privacy and required comfortable paved areas that could be used to make the most of the sun at different times of day and for entertaining family and friends. A raised paved area had already been installed with the conservatory.

Here are a few photos taken before we started work.



We created a series of overlapping circles that linked the different areas of the awkwardly shaped garden and used tumbled Indian sandstone slabs and setts for the paths and the two patios. The setts were also used to edge the gravel areas.



A small, curving lawn helped to lead the eye down the garden with narrow, but lush planting areas around the garden allowing the clients to enjoy some of their favourite plants.



Oak pillars edge one patio and lead to the arch in front of the shed. An Oak and stone bench curves around part of the main patio which in turn is framed by a Hornbeam hedge that helps screen the garage.


The oak pillars have prompted the clients to call their garden ‘Woodhenge’.


What to do in your garden in August

Well July was a great month this year for being in the garden. August is, however, traditionally the hottest month so make sure you keep everything well watered, and if you’re going on holiday enlist the help of a neighbour to look after all your pots, hanging baskets and border.

Last month was very hot and dry but this month has started off with more damp weather, helping the garden to really burst to life again. Keep an eye on slugs, snails and other pests that will feast on your plants and veg of you give them half a chance.

There is lots to keep you busy this month so take a look at our August tips to help you make the most of your garden this month.


  • Collect seed from flowering plants
  • Take cuttings of lavender, keeping them well watered until they form roots, usually by Autumn. They can then be planted out in the spring.
  • Keep bird baths and ponds topped up with water
  • Prune rambling and climbing roses after flowering
  • Pick off dead flowers to keep plants blooming
  • Cut fresh herbs to store for winter
  • Keep on top of pests
  • Keep ponds and water features topped up

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Check your courgette plants daily and pick young courgettes before they get too big
  • Check your broad beans – if you can feel them inside the pods they are ready to pick
  • Sow and harvest salad crops – sow beetroot, chard, mizuna, pak choi, radicchio, rocket, spinach every few weeks.
  • Give tomatoes extra support as their trusses grow heavier and pinch out new growth
  • Remove fruits from congested clusters of apples to encourage larger fruit growth
  • Protect soft fruit from birds by covering with netting
  • Your potatoes will be ready now so check on their size and if they are ready – enjoy!
  • Plant out leeks
  • If any of your ripening fruit has brown rot on it – pick the affected ones before it spreads to rest.
  • Sow the last batch of carrots
  • Feed greenhouse crops once a week
  • Sow spinach for use as baby leaves in autumn
  • Lift onions and garlic and allow to dry before storing in nets


  • Deadhead roses and they will continue to flower for longer
  • Prune rambling and climbing roses after flowering
  • Collect ripe Foxglove seeds to sow straight away
  • Cut down faded delphinium and lupin flower spikes
  • Sow wallflower and forget-me-not seeds in seed compost
  • Order spring bulbs now

Shrubs and trees

  • Trim topiary to shape with shears
  • Apples, plums and cherries – for better fruit production cut back new growth with secateurs to a couple of leaves from the base
  • Bush fruits – Remove old, fruited stems of blackcurrants and gooseberries, and cut back soft growth on redcurrants to 3 – 4 leaves
  • Prune Wisteria
  • Don’t delay summer pruning of restricted fruits


  • Carry on with many of the things you’ve been doing throughout July
  • Stand pots on capillary matting or gravel try system to reduce the amount of watering needed
  • Keep tomato compost wet, pay special attention to those being grown in bags
  • Open doors and vents early on hot or sunny days (we wish !)
  • Pinch off tomato side shoots
  • Sow calceolaria primulus, cineraria and cyclamen
  • Thin out congested bunches of grapes
  • Tidy the greenhouse and clean out cold frames in preparation for next month when you’ll start to bring plants undercover.


  • Remove lawn weeds – lever them out, use compost to fill the hole, sprinkle with grass seed then cover in compost before watering
  • Cut regularly
  • Feed lawns to encourage strong growth
  • If the weather is particularly hot and dry water lawns


  • Watch out for fat, caterpillar like cutworm – either dig over the soil to let the birds at them or use a biological control
  • Slugs and snails can be a real problem in this wet weather. Try beer traps to control them.
  • Check for larvae on leaves and remove by picking them off or spraying with insecticide.

Need more advice? Post a question on our Facebook page or pop into the garden centre and talk to a member of our experienced garden team.