1. Why you need to plant Clematis in early spring

    Clematis are the vertical stars of the garden and there's good reason why you need to plant them within the next two weeks

    Spring is Clematis time! These versatile climbers are bursting into growth and most are showing new shoots, even though you might not have noticed. Why is this the best time to plant some of these spectacular climbing plants? Read more
  2. Why palm trees can help us to feel good in the UK

    Palm trees are good for the health, and boost the spirits too. Here's 4 hardy palms for UK gardens and 3 excellent palms for indoors.

    Why are people pleased by the pleasures of palms? These iconic plants signify hot weather, holidays, gentle breezes and relaxation. There’s something about palm trees that needs a blue sky and yellow sun to make them look comfortable. Here in the UK there are many people who give palms some garden space, presumably in the hope that they might create some sort of tropical paradise. Some of these plants fail miserably to achieve much growth. Others die during their first tough winter. A few, however, are hardy and can grow into sizeable trees. Given the right environment, underplanting and setting, these palms can create an impressive impact, even in the depths of winter. Read more
  3. 11 unusual fruit crosses that will make your taste buds quiver

    Plumcot anyone? Here’s 11 unusual fruit trees and bushes for the experimental gardener

    What’s with the weird and unusual fruit? Perhaps you have tasted some of the many strange fruit crosses that are now available. Are you tempted to plant your own unusual fruit tree or bush? If so, February is a great time to plant. You might even find bare root plants to keep your costs down. These curiously addictive fruit crosses are generally created from hybrids rather than selective breeding through genetic engineering of DNA. In other words, the new fruits arise from cross-pollination of two plants from the same species or genus. Here’s a round-up of the most commonly found ‘alternative’ fruit crosses. You can decide for yourself whether the tree or bush is the right one for you. Read more
  4. Love is in the air, here's seven LIVING Valentine's Day gift ideas

    February brings hope, happiness and maybe love for Valentine's Day 

    Valentines, living gift, hoya, gifts for Valentine's Day, Valentines presents, pot plant, There's no mistaking the heart-shaped message offered by these Valentines Hoya plants. February signals the month of hope for several reasons. Valentine's Day is just one of them. It has become apparent that January wasn’t the easiest month to bear for many people who suffered from ill health and a certain amount of gloom caused by dull weather and grey skies. Aussie ‘flu and other ‘flu-like viruses hit the UK hard last month, with a rate of hospitalisation at around 4,000 per week at its peak. The symptoms of Aussie ‘flu are similar to normal ‘flu – i.e. headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea, blocked noses and sore throats - but they tend to last longer and are more severe. The illness can also lead to pneumonia. It is now hoped that the worst might be over, and the launch into a brand new, and very short, month is one to celebrate! Read more