1. Winter Warmers!

    Warm your winter with some radiant plants!

    One of the things that we all need during winter is warmth. Most of us are fortunate to have centrally heated homes – or at least a heater of some sort around which to huddle when skies are grey. But warmth and cheer don’t always go together. There’s nothing visually soothing about a radiator. Read more
  2. Christmas trees and living gifts for a gardener's delight.

    Gardening and Christmas: a marriage made in heaven!

    Where would we be without the humble Christmas tree? You don’t need to be a gardener or even a garden-lover to be able to appreciate the sight of a twinkling, festive tree. It’s one of the symbols of Christmas that most of us love to see.  But why a tree at Christmas? Read more
  3. Plants on Acid. The 'high' that's entirely legal

    Garden plants on acid, and it's all legal!

    Some plants just love to take a trip on acid. And this is not something that attracts disapproval. In fact there are whole families of plants that are on a permanent ‘high’, because that is exactly where they originate from. Rhododendrons, for example, like to live on steep slopes that lead down into valleys in the Himalayas and south eastern Tibet. Read more
  4. Let's shout out for shrubs!

    Six reasons to shower praise on shrubs

    Why should we be shouting out for shrubs? Let's look to nature to teach us. If you absorb the sights of the countryside you will see that it's the season for shrubs and trees. Impressive; stately; astonishing; colourful; architectural. They've got it all, whichever adjective you choose.   In fact, it's the shrubs and trees that make the UK into a historically green and pleasant land. Although now it is not only green but also orange, yellow, gold, amber, red, purple and green of course. Read more
  5. 8 of the best autumn fruits and interesting stems

    The flowers are fading in the garden. Leaves are falling. But the autumn fruits; interesting stems and stunning foliage are taking centre stage. In fact there is always excitement to be found outside, if you care to seek it out.

    Here's 8 of the best for autumn glory (in our opinion):

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  6. 6 WAYS to be WOWED now Autumn is here

    One week until it's OCTOBER. Now we have passed the Autumn (or Vernal) Equinox, there's no denying that the nights are drawing in. Shall we celebrate?

    Don't think of October as a dull and dreary month. After all, the skies will soon be ablaze with autumn colour and there's no more glorious sight than red, gold and yellow dripping from the trees. Let's just see which deciduous trees will be giving us their best FREE display during the month of October and even into November. Read more
  7. Turn into a succulent for the summer. A colour theory

    Are you a chameleon or a succulent? A colour theory for summer.

      Crassula Magic Sunset houseplant Succulent houseplants. Why should we mimic them? At a time of year when it’s all about colour: think of blue skies; yellow and golden sunshine (we hope); colourful flowers; green grass and bright clothes, we tend to mimic what's going on outside by donning colour-coordinated clothes.  Read more
  8. It's time for Hanging Baskets! An easy guide to making something beautiful with flowers

    ‍The merry month of May is just about the perfect month for most garden-lovers in the UK. There’s so much to look forward to, including RHS Chelsea and a plethora of planty things to enjoy right now. The lawns, as you will no doubt have noticed, are growing with a vibrant spring energy, but after you have mowed, weeded, pruned back those spring-flowering shrubs after flowers have faded, tended to the vegetable garden and washed down the garden furniture, it’s time to create hanging baskets! Think of them as complete gardens displayed in cascading splendour rather than just a few plants bunged into a basket.  Your creation needs structure, colour, feed, water and lots of imagination.

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  9. Which plants give you fireworks in the garden during autumn and through into winter?

    Worried that these short days won't bring you any joy? Fear not - there are fireworks to be found in the garden all winter long provided you keep looking for them. Who can possibly have missed the spectacular show that our beautiful trees are giving at the moment? Here at Perfect Plants we are charmed by the surrounding gently falling golden wafers and crimson gowns of glory that are dancing in gusts of wind that can sometimes take your breath away. Yes, it is the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ as so aptly described by Keats, but the changing colour of foliage is so much more exciting.

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  10. Prolonging late summer colour

    Do you have lots of late summer colour? If there are gaps in your garden as summer wafts onwards towards autumn, never fear! You are not alone - in fact the latter part of the season is often referred to as ‘dire’ for flowers because of spent flowerheads, dryness and bright light. But this flowering vacuum can easily be filled - there are many stalwarts that bring a touch of magic to borders. What’s more, many of them will reappear year after year to ensure you have colour throughout the whole of summer. Here's a guide to help you prolong the beauty into late summer and even autumn:

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