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  • Winter wonderland - which plants can lift the spirits in November?

    It's November and the magic of the season can be brought to life with plants.

    As we approach the uphill climb to the shortest winter day there’s a huge sense of deprivation amongst people who love to be outdoors. Falling light levels in November mean that those with indoor work commitments rarely have the opportunity to take advantage of the dwindling daylight hours outdoors. And this is exactly why the various plants associated with the festive season have come into being. If you can’t be outdoors amongst greenery, bring it indoors!
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  • Six reasons why you should LOVE ivy.

    Hedera is a humble ivy plant with so much to offer. Six reasons to LOVE this evergreen.

    Ivy is an unsung hero of the plant world that has so much to offer that it’s difficult to know where to start.

    1. This is a plant that can be used indoors and out.
    2. It’s as hardy as they come and can be used to climb, to trail, or as a groundcover.
    3. It’s great in shady places (even on a north-facing wall) and can be used equally successfully in sunny spots.
    4. It has many different forms, including variegated foliage in glorious tones of white, cream and yellow.
    5. What’s more, it excels at Christmas and in flower arranging and plant containers throughout the year.
    6. And it’s excellent for biodiversity and wildlife throughout the year.  

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  • 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!
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  • Berried treasure: Five shrubs you shouldn't be without

    Bright and beautiful berries, five of the best for October

    Berries are just one of the 'berry' best features of the time of year.  Don't miss the spectacle that these bring in autumn. They are not only a feast for the birds but for the eyes too. In fact, rather than lamenting the passing of warmer times we really do need to appreciate what's out there before the little beaks nick all the glorious sights of the season! Which are the very best berries to enjoy right now?
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  • Here's six reasons why you want a terrarium...

    Six reasons why you'll want to garden INDOORS with a terrarium!

    If you are reading this, the chances are that you already have a house plant or two.  But you could go one step further and join the trend for a terrarium. Or perhaps you already have! If not, you'll probably want to jump on trend right away, and here's why:
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  • Why you should be scared in October

    Scared to enter the season of spirits? Here's how to cope with the dark forces that are coming.

    Halloween is coming. But what does it all mean? It's all part of the dark season in which witches, ghosts and flickering lights are upon us! The gloomy evenings are already a-glow with signs that there’s something spooky about to happen and feeling scpooked is all part of the entertainment.
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  • Cool Heuchera plants for a shady site: bright and beautiful in autumn and winter.

    Bright and beautiful Heucheras set shady spaces alight in all seasons

    Do you have spaces in your garden that are a problem when it comes to planting? Many of these might involve shade - particularly dry shade under trees. This is great! Every negative can be turned into a supreme positive if you look for it and this is where HEUCHERA take centre stage. The rosette-forming foliage plants are as bright and beautiful as any shrub or perennial with flowers. What's more, they can perform all year round too, making them a magnificent choice for so many sites. Heuchera can set your garden on fire if you let them. Continue reading
  • The light bulb moment: complete this garden task within the next two weeks!

    Don't let the light bulbs effect pass you by. Here's your Eureka moment to help stave off depression. 

    Why is this particular week said to be one of the busiest of the gardening year? It’s all about bulbs! Now that autumn has officially arrived, (it's the equinox on Friday 22 September) you can plant your little spheres of energy and be not only comforted, but positively enthused because you are planting the concept of JOY! This might not seem such a big deal but you will be amazed at the difference it makes to your inner soul, particularly if you suffer from depression. Which, incidentally, affects around one in six people at any given time.
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  • 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!
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  • 6 simple steps to help you choose greenery for your office.

    Follow these steps and you will increase the health, happiness and productivity of your workforce!  Guest post by Tiles Direct

    There are numerous studies proving the benefits of bringing greenery into the office and workplace.  These highlight positive attributes including (but not limited to) improved air quality, productivity and wellbeing. It's not surprising that more and more businesses across the UK are enhancing their workspaces with indoor plants to create healthier, greener and more welcoming environments.

    plants, house plants, office plants, working, space, health, happiness, tiles direct, perfectplants.co.uk, indoors, greenery, plants for the office, larger plants, Oh how these house plants and living green wall enhance the office space! Who wouldn't want to work here?

    However, there’s more to incorporating indoor plants into office space than just dotting a few pot plants on desks here and there - you want your plants to create an appealing place to work, as well as accurately reflecting your brand and company culture. From exotic Dracaenas and bird of paradise plants to subtle spider plants, we’re going to be taking you through 6 steps to choosing the perfect greenery for your office.
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