1. 7 plants to make a rainbow garden in August and September

    7 Rainbow plants for a glowing late summer garden

    Perhaps, by now, you are assuming that the best part of summer is over. But in fact, sometimes September brings the very best weather, coupled with interesting light. The brightness of hot sunny days in mid-summer makes gardens appear to be ‘washed out’ because the sun is so high and light travels through the shortest possible path through the atmosphere.  Late summer, however, is often a real feast for the eyes. Read more
  2. Clematis - Six reasons to have some in your garden.

    Clematis – a feature for every week of the year

    It’s easy to be blasé about Clematis. We see them for sale almost everywhere. The supermarket; the corner shop; DIY store; and of course the nursery and garden centre. There are few people that haven’t grown at least one of over 300 species. How can there be so many different varieties – and more to the point, which ones are right for you? Clematis purple Read more
  3. Pretty Plants... but some are invasive thugs. Which?

    Invasive plants! Avoid these for garden harmony!

    So many pretty plants. But do you want them in your garden? Some, certainly. Others, definitely not. Plants have many different appealing features and many of these are highly desirable. Beautiful bling on the foliage front, perhaps. Scent to drool over. Flowers that flaunt themselves. Great structure. But there’s more to some plants than initially meets the eye. Read more
  4. Time for contemplation...resurrect your garden this Easter

    Eight garden thoughts to contemplate as Easter approaches

    It’s almost Easter! A mellow holiday weekend during which time you might want to contemplate the shape of things to come in your garden. This is the start of the outdoor season and it's a great time to organise your space. Does your garden need a makeover? In the same way that new beginnings commence at Easter, you can breathe new life and ideas into your garden. Egg, Easter, spring, chick, garden, design, outdoors, plants New beginnings: Easter is a time for fresh ideas and it's the start of the outdoor season. Read more
  5. The most under-used group of plants... possibly! What is it?

    What can you plant in inhospitable spaces:  under trees; in the shade; against a wall; even ON a vertical face? The answer is FERNS.

    If there’s one group of plants that is vastly under-used, it's ferns. Think of an outdoor space that's rarely planted. How about the shady place under trees? You could consider this to be a perfect marriage: ferns and shade. Read more
  6. 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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  7. Green up your roof!

    10 steps to install a GREEN ROOF on your shed, or even your home

    A green roof...why would you install such a thing? Your shed looks perfectly 'shed-like' with its roofing felt. In fact it's just a shed and you barely give it a second glance. shed garden A garden shed. How boring is that? Read more
  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    A trio to tackle in the garden: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 

    What's good in the garden right now? The answer is LOTS. Gardens are alive with bloom; foliage; colour and that most important topic of all: insects. Without them our flowers and fruit will not be pollinated; our birds and small mammals won't have any breakfast and the garden would be a dead and dreary place. On that note, let's all join in with the BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT. It's good... it's on now and ends on 9 August! Read more
  9. 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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