1. Pick of the best flowering perennials and shrubs for spring and early summer

    Fill it with flowers!

    There’s no shortage of blooms at this time of year, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show looming (commencing 21 May), focus is firmly on flowers in the garden during this wonderful season. But there are many people who look wistfully from the side-lines, wondering why their own gardens aren’t showing such splendour. So let’s take a look at the best flowering shrubs and perennials for a marvellous May. If you set yourself a target to plant one specimen each month, choosing something that flowers in that particular month, your garden would gradually fill with flowering interest throughout the year.

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  2. Top 10 perennials, which is your favourite for the spring and summer garden?

    How could you not be excited by April and May in the garden...

    when the earth beneath your feet is erupting into a growing frenzy? The garden is springing into glorious life! But as the spring-flowering bulbs give us their best burst of colour, there's something even better following behind. What are these masters of disguise, and which might you want to select for your own garden?

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  3. The best bulbs to plant in autumn, here's a recipe for spring flowering success

    Enjoy our recipe for spring flowering success  - here's our top six bulbs to plant now

    The long, hot summer is gradually fading away, making September and October the perfect time of year to plan a spring flowering display. There's just one simple rule to follow:  plant bountiful bulbs! Bulbs are now available just about everywhere and they present an uplifting opportunity to think about new beginnings. Those spherical powerhouses will establish themselves in your warm soil, ready to burst into new life as soon as the season dictates. Read more
  4. 10 of the best flowering cherry trees for spring in the UK

    So many different flowering cherry trees to choose from, but which one’s the best?

    April and May are the peak periods for tree blossom, during which time the majority of flowering, ornamental cherry trees will be covered in blousy blooms. But which is best? With so many to choose from, you might want to utilise the coveted Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM) to help you select. We’ve sorted ten of the best AGM ornamental cherries – one of which could come to a garden near you. After all, this is the perfect time in which to plant!

    Larger ornamental cherries

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  5. Six jobs to do in the garden now that meteorological spring has arrived!

    March has come bowling in 'like a lion' and temperatures are well down into the minus figures. HOWEVER, as soon as the Beast from the East has abated, there's not a moment to spare. Here are six garden tasks to attend to as soon as possible -  because we all know that the month can end 'like a lamb' and soaring temperatures will result in a fantastic growth spurt  outdoors. storm emma, snow, winter, storm, temperature, cold weather, spring, meteorological spring, uk weather, winter weather, snow showers, The first day of spring! Air temperatures are well into the minus figures across the UK, with the advancement of Storm Emma making it feel like Siberia

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  6. 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. Read more
  7. Ideas for Easter: how to get the kids outdoors this spring

    How to have fun during the Easter holidays

    Easter is approaching (Sunday 16 April) and the glorious, warming weather provides a great incentive for all of us to enjoy the garden. Get the kids outdoors having fun during the school holidays now and they will form habits that will last through the summer. Read more
  8. WIN a wooden herb wheel! Plus 5 easy 'grow your own' ideas for the vegetable garden

    Would you like to WIN this herb wheel from Grange? 

    It's competition time and you are invited to enter this competition to win a wooden herb wheel planter from Perfectplants.co.uk. You will find it easy to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in a UK garden once you feel inspired. In fact you can create a healthy growing corner within even a tiny space.  Perfect Plants Ltd is delighted to offer you the chance to WIN a wooden herb wheel planter which will enable you to separate out your herbs in great style! Look further down the page to find details of how to enter the competition. Read more
  9. Kids and gardens make a great combination and there's still time to enter the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition

    8 reasons to get your kids out into the garden this spring

    There’s no doubt that gardening, in all its various guises, is a fun and healthy activity for kids. Gardening provides a lot of enjoyment and it has huge educational and health implications too. gardening, schools, children, kids, garden, growing, bucket, watering, pails, farmyard, perfectplants.co.uk Give children a bucket, like these picturing farmyard animals from Perfectplants.co.uk, and they will be happy for hours! Read more
  10. Six of the best ornamental, flowering cherries: trees for spring blossom

    Here's six of the best cherry trees for spring blossom. 

    Spring is a season loved by most and there are few people who don’t rejoice when they see blossom bursting forth. There’s no doubt that ornamental flowering cherries are some of the nation’s favourite trees – not necessarily for horticultural enthusiasts who might prefer a type of Prunus that have something for all seasons, but definitely for the homeowner who loves gardens. Read more
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