1. 7 ideas to brighten up the November garden - and your life!

    7 ways to set November alight as the clocks go back!

    November brings its own share of challenges to the garden-lover. You might have to arouse your passion in order to overcome dreary surroundings. Drizzle, mist, frost and dark hours at both ends of the day contrive to banish garden activity to memory – apart from weekends and non-working days of course. Here's seven ideas to brighten up your life at this time of year! Read more
  2. Six reasons to follow the cacti trend

    Look sharp, here’s a trend that has spiked in popularity!

    Interior design and fashion go hand in hand and this results in trends that are impossible to ignore. Sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason for the popularity of certain items or styles but it certainly appears that strong images make the key component. What’s been trending for some time, with no sign of diminishing? Cacti! Here's six reasons why you should join the growing trend! Read more
  3. Six ways to make yourself smile - even if you don't feel like it!

    Smile! What is it that makes us happy?

    Have you ever noticed how some people seem to smile a lot? How does this make you feel?  Perhaps you are envious or maybe you think they are foolish. You might not even have noticed that  there's a whole heap of people out there who look happy most of the time. Are you one of them? Read more
  4. How to create a garden room to make a plant and people haven

    Enjy a special GUEST BLOG POST about integrating plants into places, written by friendly flooring expert Poshflooring.co.uk, the online store of FlooringREPUBLIC.

    Want to go rustic? How to create your own rustic conservatory... on a budget!

    Conservatories offer more than just additional living space. These wonderful rooms can serve as a rustic transition between the inside and outside of a home.  They provide the perfect platform to create a relaxing and tranquil space to be enjoyed all year round. And what better way to style your conservatory than with a natural theme? Read more
  5. Most popular house plants for 2017

    Amazing Alocasia and other plants that are popular in 2017!

    Who would have thought that what were once thought of as humble house plants would be the main group of plants to enjoy the greatest surge of popularity over the last three years? This indeed is the case, as has been witnessed in garden centres and nurseries across the UK. Many outlets report that house plant sales have quadrupled and that they now represent around 10 per cent of overall turnover.  Why? Read more
  6. Fake news - Welcome life and get some soul into your garden

    The trend for fake grass shows no sign of abating, indeed we seem to be in love with artificial lawns rather than the biodiveristy this product replaces.

    One of the best things about having a garden revolves around wildlife and living things. Have you noticed, for instance, how quickly natural organisms attract other life? In other words, nature attracts nature. You only have to include a simple bowl of water in your garden for it to become colonised with interesting life. Insects, birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, molluscs and more will visit, and some of them will appear within five minutes. How interesting is that, once you stop to look! Read more
  7. Why have a pond or water feature in your garden?

    HERE'S SIX REASONS why installing a pond into a garden is a great idea!

    Water in a garden immediately changes the ambience of an outdoor space. In fact, a pond or water feature has been shown to improve mood and make people feel healthier and happier. Ponds reflect light, add interest to outdoor space and provide a reason to explore the surroundings. Why are ponds good for us? Here’s six reasons why you might want to include water in your garden.  Read more
  8. Six non-toxic plants that are safe around children and pets

    Let's start with some of the most poisonous and just mention that it's quite rare for people or pets to choose to eat toxic plants. But indeed, it does happen. Some poisonous plants don’t even need to be eaten in order to prove fatal. Indeed, gardeners are believed to have been killed by wolfsbane, or Aconitum, which is also known as monkshood. This attractive plant  (pictured below) has large leaves and purple, hooded flowers which look rather like cowled monks’ hoods. It will be known to Harry Potter fans as Wolfsbane!

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  9. Six fantastic ferns for the home. House plants extraordinaire!

    Six fantastic ferns for the home

    Ferns comes in all sorts of forms, from frilly and airy to glossy and structural. There’s a wide variety of ferns highly suitable for use as house plants. What’s more, these are excellent plants for filtering the air – being highly effective at removing toxins from the home and office.

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  10. Which plants can help allergies and therefore make perfect gifts?

    Know someone who suffers from allergies? Maybe a house plant could make a perfect gift. Not only because it can aid good health but also it looks beautiful too. Today we are looking at plants that could help the growing number of people who are suffering, not just during the spring and summer season, but every day of their lives.

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