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The secret to a beautiful lawn

Plant Belles supporting plants at RHS Rosemoor

RHS Rosemoor has installed more than 50 ‘Plant Belle ’plant supports in the gardens nr Torrington, Devon. The belles, edging gates and plant crooks are designed to be both practical and beautiful, offering support to the plants and ornate interest for visitors.

Placed in the borders, the elegant wire frames look great in winter crusted in frost. At the end of the winter, Plant Belles protect young spring growth emerging from beneath, before providing much needed support as plants reach the heady heights of the flowering season.

Many people happily spend time working on their flower beds, but find the lawn a chore, giving it little more attention than its weekly cut (if it’s lucky) and trimming the edges when they become overgrown. A beautiful, verdant, moss and weed free lawn can make all the difference to a garden.

“There is more to it than simply applying a weed and feed treatment which will last a few weeks,” said Richard Hassett who runs Greenthumb with his wife Hilary. “Many people I meet have tried this approach and have scorched their lawn by uneven or over application. The cost of using GreenThumb is similar to DIY without the risks.”

At GreenThumb they tailor their unique lawn feed products to the time of year and the weather conditions and use various weed killers, spraying the weeds separately from the feed to adjust the amount of weed killer to suit the prevailing conditions. They also control moss by diagnosing the causes and treating as appropriate.

Currently many lawns in the area, particularly Crediton, Exeter and Dawlish are being devastated by leatherjackets. These are the larvae of crane flies which eat the roots, causing weakened grass and large bare patches.

Call Richard and Hilary for a free, no obligation survey and quotation on 01363 83822, or visit

4 In the vegetable gardens, visitors will

also see the plant tunnels and wigwams from Plant Belles. The innovative tunnel designs form a wire cloche, covered in fleece, plastic of mesh, busy protecting the young plants from hungry pests.

RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH. Tel: 0845 265 8072. To find out more, visit the website at, find them on Facebook, or contact Jenny on 01363 84514.

Cove Garden Nursery – back to popularity

In November 2009 Paul and Helen Fonnereau took over the Nursery at Cove, Devon formerly known as Secret Seeds.


Garden Nursery is now a family run independent nursery and Paul has 30 years’ experience in the industry so you can be sure of expert advice. Set in the beautiful Exe Valley, they took on the challenge of bringing this small plant centre back to popularity.

The most important task was to provide a range of plants that would thrive in the local climate; three years on and the range of stock includes a large selection of plants from hardy garden favourites to lesser known varieties with great garden potential.

The current range covers ornamental and fruit trees, shrubs, climbers and hedging,

an ever increasing array of colourful perennials and alpines as well as seasonal offerings of bedding and container plants, bulbs and seeds. They also offer a made to order hanging basket service and a selection of sundries which includes pots, composts and all the essentials for a healthy garden.

The site is also home to Helen’s glass studio where you can often find her working on stained glass commissions or original fused glass gifts. They also hold craft fairs, one on Easter Sunday and one in early December, when you can also pick up a locally grown Christmas tree.

More info at follow them on Twitter or find them on Facebook.

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