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  • Four fun ways to entice kids out into the garden for National Children’s Gardening Week

    Simple ideas for kids during National Children's Gardening Week, 25 May to 2 June!

    School holidays!  It's that glorious time of year when the space at home can be extended outdoors. But here in the 21st century there's always going to be competition. The Internet beckons with its hugely addictive attraction. Why we all find it so thrilling is a bit of a mystery, but everyone from tots to teenagers seem unable to resist the lure of a screen. This is why we need to provide even greater inspiration and adventure. Here's how to do it with the kids:

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  • How to enjoy your 'normal' garden rather than wish for a Chelsea Flower Show spectacle

    Out of reach for most: the expense of a garden makeover

    During RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it’s both likely and understandable that the majority of people either visiting or watching the show won’t ever own a garden that could be viewed as anywhere near similar to the gardens on display. This could feel a bit depressing for many who would like to emulate the sights they enjoy at Chelsea. Few people have enough funds to redevelop their plots to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The Main Avenue gardens at Chelsea can easily cost £250,000. For a garden that lasts barely a week.

    baroque style garden very posh! Your garden probably looks nothing like this baroque-style!
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  • The best flowering perennials and shrubs for spring and early summer gardens

    Fill it with flowers!

    There’s no shortage of blooms at this time of year, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show looming (commencing 21 May), focus is firmly on flowers in the garden during this wonderful season. But there are many people who look wistfully from the side-lines, wondering why their own gardens aren’t showing such splendour. So let’s take a look at the best flowering shrubs and perennials for a marvellous May. If you set yourself a target to plant one specimen each month, choosing something that flowers in that particular month, your garden would gradually fill with flowering interest throughout the year.

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  • Five easy vegetables to grow in your kitchen garden

     Easy edibles

    So here we are in May already, the most glorious growing month of the year! If you are new to the idea of pleasurable gardening, there’s one thing to remember: it’s never too late to learn. Dabbling in soil can be enjoyed by toddlers through to centenarians. It’s known to be good for the mind and body, so if you’ve rarely tried growing things in your past there’s good reason to start growing edibles now! Continue reading

  • Top Heuchera plant picks for 2019

    HOORAY for Heucheras!

    A groundcover extraordinaire, Heucheras have enjoyed a gradual rise in the popularity stakes and there are very few gardens that haven’t managed to find room for this colourful foliage plant. It’s not difficult to see why, because Heucheras are capable of providing year-round colour and low-level interest. (Meaning a spectacle close to the ground rather than only mildly exciting.) You might imagine they lack the pizzazz possessed by the range of floozies: flowering, blooming beauties that abound from now until mid-summer, but this wouldn’t be comparing like with like.

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  • Here come the top 10 perennials!

    How could you not be excited by April and May in the garden...

    when the earth beneath your feet is erupting into a growing frenzy? The most thrilling thing about this time of year is the fact that the potential of what’s happening has yet to be discovered. Even if your plants are those that were there last year, nature always throws up a few surprises. Then there are the variations that occur because of the weather and growing conditions, meaning that no two years are exactly the same. Continue reading

  • Four reasons why you need to plant a rose in April or May

    1: You won't need rose-tinted spectacles in the first month of summer

    In springtime, it’s gratifying to bask in the colours of the growing season and there’s a vibrancy which is much-needed after what seems like a long winter. But this can often disappear by June. good gardeners are masters at planning ahead, and now’s the time to plug the June gap! Why? Because April and May are full of vitality, with blooms coming thick and fast. Crocuses, daffodils, grape hyacinths, tulips, alpines such as Aubrieta, spring blossom on trees, Camellias, Forsythia and other spring flowering shrubs are packing a punch that has amazing vitality. But afterwards, the energy gradually slows and can dwindle away to almost nothing. Unless you plan to change this sorry state of affairs! Now is the perfect time to plan for a patch of paradise instead and plant a rose or two.

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  • How to make a great hanging basket display this spring

    Want to create an amazing hanging basket display this year? It's not difficult, provided you follow simple advice:

    The sight of a tumbling cascade of summer colour, dangling in the air, is a joy to behold. The best thing about hanging baskets is the fact that you can achieve them just about anywhere. All you need is a sunny wall or a strong fence post together with a hanging hook or bracket, a basket, liner, compost – oh, and plants, of course.

    So, what’s the secret of a great display?

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  • How do I get more colour in my garden?

    Do you crave to fill your summer flowering gap? Or perhaps you are more than happy with luscious green, yellow and red foliage.

    I want more colour in my garden. Now there’s a statement that is declared time after time. It might be something to do with age, lack of imagination or personal preference, but there’s a huge proportion of people who express a desire to have “more colour in my garden”. What’s all this about? Is it a wish to see gaudy annuals covering every inch of soil in bright, blousy blooms, or could it occur after a visit to a public garden where the herbaceous border is awash with glorious flowers from spring through to autumn? Maybe it’s a desire to re-create the glorious colours of spring bulb displays that happen seemingly effortlessly when daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths and the likes pop up to brighten the season.

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  • Once upon a garden, a story of everyday town folk

    Once upon a time there was a modern house with a rectangular garden

    One day, during winter, new owners moved into the property and they took many days, weeks and months to decorate; put up shelves, purchase new furniture and technology and play with soft furnishings like children with Barbie dolls. When visitors came to the house, they were taken into many different rooms. “What do you think of the colour; the style; the ornaments; the furniture?” asked the owners? They drank tea (and sometimes wine or beer, depending on the time of day and the mode of transport). The new owners, let’s call them Adam and Annie Poppins, were very happy.

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