Byline: CAROL KLEIN
Help petunia power through to summer 6 I planted petunias in tubs last May and had a lovely display until September. Instead of pulling them up, I cut them from the base and they've grown to a lovely green plant, despite the frost. Will they flower in summer? - Rose Hedges, Brentwood, Essex CAROL: I love your name! It's great they've over-wintered. Though most bedding plants are classed as annuals, some are perennials. Top up tubs with loam-based compost and give tomato feed from May and you should get flowers.
Size matters with a tricky privet hedge 6 I have a green privet hedge (7ft by 4ft) that I find difficult to trim. Could it be cut back to 5ft by 3ft? Would the green leaves come back? - Peter Rice, by email CAROL: Yes. Try tapering it so it's wider at the base as this will help prevent it splaying. Or have you thought about replacing it with something more wildlife friendly? A mixed native hedge, maybe? You'll get more feathered visitors and won't need to fuss about cutting it.