Surrey Homes | SH57 | July 2019 | Summer supplement inside

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Creature

Comforts

RHS Young Designer of the

Year finalist Caitlin McLaughlin

explains what to include to make

your garden pollinator-friendly

Sponsored by

WT Supplement

Create habitats within

the garden design – don’t

leave thinking about

pollinators until after the

garden is finished, build

in spaces for them to nest

as part of the layout. This

way wildlife becomes a key

aspect of the garden rather

than an afterthought.

Create sculptures as habitats

– a habitat wall or solitary

bee nest need not be a rustic,

messy space at the back of the

garden. Incorporate Green

& Blue Bee Bricks or Bee

Posts for sleek grey habitats

in your garden, or build

your own to suit your style.

Our show garden features

a freestanding hexagon

sculpture that also acts as

a habitat for solitary bees,

mixing together art, design,

and nature in one space.

Think about your material

choices – if you are creating

a contemporary garden

using grey sandstone tiles,

why not use these to create

bumblebee homes as well.

The nest underground

needs to be straw lined, but

the top of the nest can be

contemporary stone, or in the

case of my RHS Hampton

Court garden, custom made

tiles with copper inlaid bee

silhouettes, making sure

nature features are functional

and also high design.

Water

– help keep the

pollinators in your garden

hydrated by providing a

shallow pond or water bowl

for them. using metal tanks

or powder-coated water

bowls create contemporary

features in your garden

that also help the bees.

Plan your planting with

pollinators in mind – there

are so many perennials,

shrubs and trees that help

bees so, regardless of your

garden style, you will be

able to find options that

suit you and nature.

See Caitlin’s garden, The

urban Pollinator Garden,

at RHS Hampton Court

Palace Garden Festival, from

1-7 July. The project fuses

design, function and wildlifefriendly

value to focus on

pollination with planting

that encourages pollinators

to thrive. Tickets to the

Festival start at £20 rhs.org.

uk/shows-events/rhs-hamptoncourt-palace-garden-festival

Tropical Vibes

Rhipsalis

cassutha

(common

name:

Mistletoe

Cactus)

This is an

unusual jungle

cactus which is a

gorgeous bright

green colour and

has delicate stems

with a cascading shape. The name Rhipsalis

comes from the Greek word for wicker work. It

is an epiphyte and in the wild it grows attached

to the trunks of trees. It is easy to care for as

it requires minimal watering over the autumn

and winter and just a weekly water during

the spring and summer when it is actively

growing. It’s ideal for a kitchen or bathroom

as it will enjoy the humidity, but will be happy

in any room with bright indirect sunlight.

Care tip: allow the topsoil to dry out between

waterings, but keep the subsoil evenly moist.

Add a liquid cactus feed to the water once a

month when the plant is actively growing.

Christine Bartlett, Shop Manager at that little plant shop...

picks three of her favourite exotic houseplants

Stromanthe

Triostar

(common

name: prayer

plant)

This is a really

stunning exotic

houseplant

which has

variegated leaves

in cream, green

and pink colours

with bright pink/purple on the underside.

It is related to the calathea group of plants,

know as prayer plants, which react to the

level of daylight and raise their leaves when

there is less light. This plant is truly beautiful

and really popular as a gift. It prefers a

warm place with lower light and requires

minimal watering in the autumn and winter.

In the spring and summer when the plant

is growing keep it evenly moist and add a

half-strength liquid feed once a month.

Care tip: mist the leaves in the morning to

provide humidity, or keep in a bathroom/

kitchen where the natural humidity is higher.

Ficus lyrata

(common

name: Fiddleleaf

Fig)

This exotic

plant is really

fashionable at

the moment

and is a real

statement

specimen. It

grows up a

long straight stem with large glossy, unusual

shaped leaves. It will continue to grow

upwards and in time could reach the ceiling if

well cared for! In the wild it grows in tropical

rainforests and so it loves plenty of warmth

and bright light making it ideal to stand

near a sunny patio window. In the winter

it rarely needs watering and in the spring

and summer a weekly watering will suffice.

Care tip: if you don’t have a bright

location then simply reduce the watering

and the plant will adapt. In the growing

season add liquid feed to the water once

a month to promote excellent growth.

Find that little plant shop... at 100 High Street, Hythe; 01303 770610

7 surrey-homes.co.uk

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