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Squeeze out weeds by placing plants close to each other. Buy small plants rather than larger ones; they are cheaper and establish faster. Plant out in groups of odd numbers for a balanced effect.

Give Support

Invest in plant supports that are quick and easy to use and that will last many years. Insert them early in the growing season, avoiding any need to support damaged plants later in the season.

Keep in Trim

Encourage bigger and longer-lasting flowering displays by regularly removign fading blooms.

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’- Reader’s Digest 1999