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Gardening tips: plant Chinese meadow rue

Chinese meadow rue

Chinese meadow rue: it’s tall and airy. Photograph: Alamy

Plant this If you’re looking for something tall and airy for a border, try Chinese meadow rue. A cloud of fluffy flowers in pale lilac or pink sits atop a rosette of ferny foliage. Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ flowers in early summer, while ‘Elin’ continues the show to late summer. Height and spread: 2m x 75cm.

Check this Don’t worry if your apple tree is jettisoning tiny fruits: this is the June drop, the tree’s way of regulating fruit production so the remaining crop gets to a decent size. Next month, check the apples and remove any that are distorted or weedy-looking, so you’re left with one fruit per cluster.

Visit this RHS garden Wisley has had a revamp, including a new welcome building nestled into a landscape by British garden designer Christopher Bradley-Hole. Until 4 October, the garden is hosting a plants trail aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds – perfect for a family day out (rhs.org.uk/wisley).