Looking good in my garden this week are beautiful hyacinths. They are a delightful, fragrant spring bulb and what’s more, easy to grow.

They flower in a range of colours, from traditional purple and pink to white and even mauve. You can plant hyacinths at the front of garden borders for a spring display or in pots for a fragrant splash of colour wherever they look best. I have some both in the ground and in containers. Outdoor-grown hyacinths can be left in the soil to reappear the following year. Once they have flowered, remove the flowering stem to stop the plant from wasting energy on seed production.

Let the foliage die down completely, and feed well, which the bulb will use to produce next year’s flowers.

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Now is about the last time this year that you should be able to prune any roses in the garden. If you leave it any later then you are likely to prune away stems that have well developed shoots on. You are unlikely to kill a rose by pruning it so you can be ruthless if you need to renovate it.

This weekend, the East Sussex county organiser’s garden is open for the National Garden Scheme in Butlers Lane, Herstmonceux. Butlers Farmhouse is a one-acre garden with views over the downs.

It is very pretty at this time of year with many spring flowers, especially daffodils, hellebores and primroses. It is a quirky garden with some surprises around every corner, including a rainbow border, small pond and Cornish inspired beach corners. It is open both today, Saturday, and tomorrow from 2pm to 5pm with entry £5 and children free, pay at the gate.

This week is perfect for tidying up your hydrangeas. This prevents them becoming too woody and channels their energy into producing strong growth and large blooms. Hydrangeas are an exception to the rule that says shrubs that produce their flowers on the previous season’s growth should be pruned after flowering.

The structure of hydrangea stems means it’s best to leave cutting back until now, the stems are cork-like, rather than woody, and hold enough moisture inside them during winter for this to freeze in frosty weather. Pruned in autumn, after flowering, the buds can freeze, killing the stems and their buds. Leaving the old flowers over winter, until the worst frosts are over, helps protect the stems and their new buds. Remove old flowerheads just above a pair of buds.

Read more of Geoff’s garden at www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk