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The New Best Apple Trees for Small Gardens; Starline

Single stemmed fruit trees, grown like free-standing cordons are nothing new. Ballerina apples have been around for a few years; their appeal is their slender habit which takes up little space in the garden. Traditional fruit trees need room, even when grown on a semi-dwarfing root stock. Gardens are getting…

Spring stunners for pots

Prepare Now for Spring Bulbs There is no shortage of pots and containers in our garden: grouped around the terrace, on the steps and all around the house. Most of them are planted permanently with shrubs and perennials; these form the foundation of our container planting schemes. This leaves the…

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – flowers after The Games

I recently paid a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to take a look at how the planting was faring after the first stages of transformation following London 2012. I must admit I have been a little sceptical about the prairie and meadow planting in the longer term. Lovely…

Slug Proof Plants – what don’t they eat?

Slug proof plants…..I bet that got your attention. Slugs and snails are the bane of many a gardener’s life; they munch their way through precious new shoots, devour seedlings and cause devastation to many of your favourite plants. Some plants are just slug magnets: hostas for example. You may protect…

The new language of the gardening world #hortispeak

#hortispeak Just as management speak has become the language of the office and boardroom, so has a new horticultural idiom has evolved. Floribunda roses are now cluster flowering; clearly the word floribunda was far too complex for the gardener to comprehend. On the other hand some terms have been made…

Raised beds – trendy nonsense in the vegetable garden?

“Why” asked the rather acerbic Dutchman I was talking to, “are so many British vegetable gardeners disabled?”. A bizarre thing to say, but I knew immediately what he was talking about – the popularity of raised beds amongst British gardeners. My first comment was “when did you last have a…

Crocosmias

Crocosmias, Montbertias, Copper Tips & Falling Stars I knew originally knew them as montbretias, those in the US will know them as copper tips or falling stars. Members of the iris family they hail from South Africa. When I was a boy most people had them somewhere in the garden…

Five reasons to get children into the garden this summer

Contributed by Chris White Get Your Children Gardening!  The summer holidays can be a difficult time for parents, not only because they need to find a way of looking after the kids while they’re out at work, but also because entertaining the little darlings can be very stressful. Rightly or…

Top Tips for Creating Large Gardens

Thinking Big – How to manage a large garden Gardeners with small gardens often long for more space; we certainly did in our last garden.  A garden that had seemed large when we acquired it was filled to capacity after ten years of cultivation and the continual addition of “must-have”…

The Propagation of Fruit and Ornamental Trees

So where do trees come from? When you go out and buy a tree do you ever think about how it was grown? Was it raised from a seed, or perhaps a cutting? Most of us have grown an apple from a pip at some point in our lives, or…