1. 10 festive plants that bring Christmas alive

     

    Deck the halls - can you name 10 of the most festive plants at Christmas time?

    Plants form some of the strongest icons of Christmas. There are many festive characters that can be disputed, (Santa does exist of course) but others lie at the roots of December’s festivities. Let's look at some of the most popular. Read more
  2. Jungle fever shows no sign of slowing down. The trend for house plants gathers momentum

    There’s no doubt about it, jungle fever is spreading like a delightfully twining virus. The interior design trend for the urban jungle-look has taken a firm hold and it shows no sign of wilting.  The jungle theme, so it seems, is here to stay. In fact, as we move through the seasons from summer into winter, people tend to strengthen the desire for tropical-style rooms They are achieved with the use of exotic vegetation, living walls, horticulture-themed fabrics, splashes of colour and wallpapers. It appears that as we close doors on the cold outdoors when winter approaches, we try to recreate the sensation of warmth by creating a weird and wonderful tropical jungle indoors.

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  3. Ten trees suitable for small gardens. It's time to plant!

    A tree for every garden. 10 small trees

    It’s almost November and the perfect time for planting trees and shrubs. Even those with small gardens can find plenty of choice, in fact there’s a tree to fit just about every space imaginable. Of course it’s important to choose a tree that’s going to offer you lots of positive benefits. If you are worried about size and structural problems such as subsidence, you will need to ensure that your tree doesn't have invasive roots.  Select a suitable variety and you need not be concerned about cracking foundations or wobbly patios. You'll want some sort of seasonal interest, perhaps flowers, fruit or leaf colour. it's all about choosing the right tree. Here’s 10 trees which are suitable for small gardens: Read more
  4. Six of the best plants for winter

    Six of the best winter bedding beauties!

    The autumnal feel to the weather sends many of us scurrying indoors, but this is a great time to get outside and plant some winter bedding. It will uplift the spirits throughout the darker seasons. Now there's an investment! Here's five of the best plants for pots, containers and even borders. Make sure you see them from your windows and en route to your door. They will uplift the spirits and keep you interested in the garden right through until spring. Read more
  5. What do you know about tree ferns? These beauties are one of the oldest plants known to man.

    Have you been bitten by the tree fern bug yet?

    This bite isn’t something you might suffer from a nibbling plant pest, but an emotional desire to share part of a growing horticultural quirk. Tree ferns are rather amazing, elegant palm-like plants with huge fronds and they have become highly desirable. Why do we love tree ferns? Read more
  6. Turning up the heat. It's the hottest September since 1911!

    Turning up the heat in the garden. Coping with climate change

    Heat... how wonderful that most of us are able to continue wearing summer clothes. It’s officially the hottest September since 1911. An Indian summer is a great thing for most of us and for our gardens. Or is it? What do these unusually warm spells mean for our plants? Do plants like the heat or will they wilt and lose the will to live? Generally the warm weather has a positive impact because annuals keep flowering and everything continues to grow. But there are some late-performing plants that would be much happier with cool and damp conditions. In fact the weather in the UK can have a gradual effect on many of our familiar plants. Some think that the traditional green and pleasant land will not fit the description for many more years. Read more
  7. One thing that influences trends in gardens. Do you know what it is?

    What has the biggest effect on garden choices? Of course, it's ...

    TV. Simples. Television has a profound effect on our garden plant and product choices and ideas. TV gardening shows set the stage for things to come. They showcase new plants and ideas and act as a 'catwalk' at which audiences can ogle. Structures, paving, styles and statues, once they appear on TV they pop up elsewhere too. What are the current gardening trends and should you take any notice of them? The day after airing, hundreds of viewers think about replicating at least part of what they've seen. We are a highly impressionable lot! Read more
  8. Cut flowers for the home, here's 10 of the best

     

    Enhance your home with cut flowers

    Cut flowers can enhance the home in an instant. The interiors of the smallest bedsit through to the largest mansion house are all lifted and improved by adding a few cut flowers. Flowers from the petrol filling station are better than nothing, but should, perhaps be viewed as a last resort. There’s far better effect to be gained by simply picking a few seemingly random bits from the garden or even the verge or hedgerow. Taking care, of course, not to take flowers that have been deliberately grown by others unless they have given permission. These cut flowers and even ‘weeds’ can be casually popped into a pot. Voila! Instant appeal. Read more
  9. 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
  10. Natural or designed? 6 ways to recognise the English Landscape Style

    The English Landscape Style

    One might view a typical English landscape and assume it is natural. But is it? This is a year in which birthday congratulations are owed to a remarkable landscape architect. Capability Brown actually helped to create the English landscape as we recognise it today. He moulded hills and valleys into the archetypal  scenery that we believe to be natural. Gatton Park, Capability Brown, landscape, design, architect, garden, 300th, birthday Gatton Park near Reigate is a beautiful Capability Brown landscape near Reigate in Surrey. Read more