1. Create a stunning hanging basket arrangement in April by following these simple tips

    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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  2. 15 plants that will help to repel bugs in your garden

    Bugged by bugs in your garden? Here’s 15 plants that can keep biting insects at bay.

    The summer, for all its joy and wonder, can pack a bit of a bite when it comes to insects. Even if you don’t live in the wilds of Bonnie Scotland, there are plenty of flying perils – especially around the time of evening barbecues. Most of us are a bit wary of applying chemicals to body or garden in order to keep bugs at bay. But there are other ways of fending off the mosquitoes, midges and other creatures that like to snack on human flesh! Read more
  3. What plants can I put on my balcony?

    Plants for a balcony, i.e. gardening for the garden-less

    Not everyone has a garden. Indeed, many people live in flats, apartments and maisonettes which might not even have a balcony. Perhaps you live in a tiny terrace with just a back yard. If this describes you, it would be easy to assume that gardening doesn’t feature very high on your list of priorities. Read more
  4. Spring flowers to delight throughout the season of new life

    Enjoy spring flowers and new life during the delightful month of March

    We are now officially in the period of meteorological spring and before long we will reach astronomical spring which commences on 20 March. Whichever way you look at it, we are on the turn and the most exciting of seasons is just about upon us. spring, primroses, crocus, daffodils, tulips, bulbs, garden, growing. Spring flowers are an uplifting sight! Welcome to the new season. Read more
  5. Six ways to keep cool! Enjoy the garden in hot weather this July & August.

     

    Feeling hot in the garden?

    Are you feeling hot? There's been quite a bit of heat lately. Perhaps you have realised that your garden has been planned to catch as much sun as possible. Shade seems unnecessary when the skies are generally grey.  It’s not until the hot weather hits that we appreciate the value of cool, shady seats. They benefit from being situated in a part of the garden that is protected from sun. Read more
  6. Will you suffer a summer flowering garden gap and drought?

    Six garden pleasures to enjoy and drought problems to avoid this spring and summer

    From May through to at least September we can bask in the hope and even the reality that the garden is ready to be enjoyed. The suggestion of a drought feels like a welcome change after the chilly start to the spring! Evenings, weekends and daytime too. This is the time of year that anything seems possible. Dining outdoors; swinging in a hammock; entertaining friends; barbecues; garden games; and relaxing. Take some time out to sit in the sun when it appears, then save your gardening tasks for the cloudier times when you’ll be glad of the shade. Read more
  7. Six effects of colour. How does it make you feel?

    Colour can actually change your mood. Here's six effects you might notice.

    Who would have thought that colour could change the way we think and feel? Why should we even want to bring colour into our lives? Did you know that we have a natural, subliminal reaction to the colours that we see? Colour is all part of a visual language that is processed without consciousness. It can create a mood without anyone being aware of it. Here are six reactions to different colours and colour combinations - providing reasons to become ‘colour smart’ this spring. Read more
  8. April Fool! Garden fun in the spring silly season

    Don’t be a fool this April! Garden fun for this spring month

    Clown, April Fool, garden, spring, fool, April Spot the fool... is it you? Think you can plant out your summer bedding this April? You would be a fool – there is always a chance of frost and even snow and your plants will all expire. Read more
  9. What's Hot in your Garden this Week?

    What's Hot in your Garden this Week? 10 Summer Suggestions...

    It's all about water, what with the hot weather and all that. We are SO lucky here in the UK to have all types of weather. And just for the moment it's gloriously HOT! Do you need to water your garden? It depends on the plants. Some are like camels - without the spitty habit. Read more
  10. Get Set for Summer. 10 Drought Tolerant Plants that Love to Sizzle

    Get Set for Summer. 10 Drought Tolerant Plants that Love to Sizzle

    It’s the Summer Solstice this Sunday, 21 June! It also happens to be Fathers’ Day…  For garden-lovers the summer solstice means you get to spend the longest day in your favourite place. It's the day when the sun rises early and goes to bed late. It’s also a great excuse for a party; a celebration; a lie-in; a day-off; a trip to the beach; a day on the garden lounger … anything that makes you feel happy. Read more
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