1. If I put climbing plants on my walls and fences, will they do any damage?

    Do climbing plants damage vertical walls and fences?

    As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show gradually fades into memory, most garden lovers are experiencing an emotional high. The boost of enthusiasm generated by what might be the greatest flower show on earth will remain long after the gardens have been dismantled and hopefully re-homed. So, now’s the time to act in order to make hopes and dreams turn into reality. Early summer is just about here, and glorious gardens await your attention! Read more
  2. Palm trees for indoor and out. How can they help us to feel good in the UK?

    Palm trees are good for the health, and boost the spirits too. But what is it about palm trees that give so much pleasure? Here is a selection of four hardy palms for UK gardens and three excellent palm varieties for indoors too. Just be aware that some palm trees are difficult to source due to plant passport requirements to help guard against pests and diseases.

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  3. Fashion versus tradition in the garden. Are you keeping up?

    Should you keep up with fashion trends in the garden?

    You might not associate plants and gardens as being subject to fashion, but they are indeed. For instance, you can date many gardens by looking at their planting style or choice of hard landscaping materials. Crazy paving came into being as an inexpensive method of hard surfacing that used broken or incomplete pieces of paving, with mortar being used to fill the gaps. The craze for crazy paving caught on and during the 1960s and 70s it was everywhere. This style of paving might not still be in fashion, but it is still acceptable, but it will always have an air of ‘age’ about it. However, replace the mortar filling with low planting of Thyme or other such creeping beauties that will allow a softening of the ‘look’ and it is bang up to date. Older styles can be updated and adapted to the modern age with great effect. Read more
  4. 10 Plants for dark and shady places

    Plants for shade, here's 10 plants for dark and gloomy places

    In some respects, plants are rather like people. But far less vocal. Many British folk seem to be obsessed by the weather and a multitude feel unable to contend with rain, gloomy skies, shade, or indeed, winter in general. Their inability to cope could be compared to the way that plants behave when they are placed within an environment that is alien to them. Place a sun-loving succulent in a damp, gloomy corner and it will fade away. Bright and beautiful flowers in the garden often need sunshine. The same principle applies indoors. The position of house plants needs to be matched to their temperament if they are to thrive.  In fact, the most common cause of death to house plants is over-watering, followed by lack of light. Read more
  5. 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
  6. 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: Read more
  7. 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.
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  8. 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
  9. Fifty Shades of Green - why they are better than grey

    There are far more than fifty shades of green here at Perfect Plants - but also out in the garden early in the year, even before the major growing season has taken off. And although we don’t need any red carpets to be able to enjoy entertainment of a 'green' kind (we are talking film premieres here), sometimes it’s good to have a timely reminder about how lucky we are here in the UK to have such a diverse choice of plants. Why is green so good?

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  10. What can be enjoyed in a winter garden?

    You might think that winter’s a dead and dull time in the garden but actually it’s an incredibly active period for birds. This is the perfect time to prepare an ideal wildlife environment and your bird-table generosity will not only help these tiny creatures survive the ravages of winter but provide you with a visual feast that will brighten the darkest months of the year.   It’s the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch during January and an ideal time to get involved.

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