I WANT LOVELY SHRUB TO BE GARDEN HUB I want to increase our loveliest shrub, a flowering quince, and make it the centrepice of my garden. Do I take cuttings or can I layer it? Sam Heinze, by email CAROL: It should come from semi-ripe cuttings but it's a slow, unreliable method. Layering is better. Bend whippy branches to the ground and, where they make contact, dig a shallow, narrow trench. Make a long sloping cut into wood nearest the ground, push it into the trench, cover with soil and weigh it down with stones. In a year it should have rooted. Sever it from the main plant and plant out.
WILL OUR INDOOR FLOWERS STILL BLOOM OUTSIDE? We have hyacinths indoors. Can we plant them out in the garden now? Any advice how to do it? Janet Gibson, by email CAROL: Yes, just put them in separately 4in deep between perennials or shrubs and near a path. Although their flowers will be more informal in subsequent years, they will have the same delicious perfume.
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