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What’s New In Summer Bedding

New Annuals And Bedding Plants Reviewed There seems no end to the number of new introductions in the world of summer bedding. I always make a point of visiting the trial grounds of one or two big breeders and young plant producers each year, to look at trends and review…

6 Design Ideas for Courtyard Gardens

Landscape Design Ideas For Small Gardens. So a courtyard is the only outdoor space you have? Lucky you! With a little planning it can be a real oasis and a wonderful extension of your indoor living environment. The most important thing is to use the space wisely and make the…

Shrubs for Clay Soils

Top Recommended Shrubs for Clay Soil Plants like clay a lot more than gardeners do. I feel rather smug about my sandy soil which is light, easy to dig and drains freely. However, when I see how well so many plants look growing on clay my attitude changes. Clay soils…

Garden Photography: An Eye Out For Weather

Tips on garden and plant photography by Philip Smith – founder of International Garden Photographer of the Year Wind rain, sun and cloud; all essential ingredients in powerful garden and plant photography. Quite often if I’m running a workshop in the summer I will arrive at the venue just after…

How to Grow Olive Trees

Growing Olives I have a couple of olive trees in the garden. One small one in a pot at the front of the house which is kept pruned (irregularly) as a small standard. The other down by the summerhouse in the gravel garden. Both survive happily despite the fact we…

Solar Lighting: Are they Worth Buying?

Solar Lighting – A Review I am used to retailing solar lighting, and all too familiar with the vast range of products available off the shelf. I can never quite believe the volume that is sold; I can only imagine that the expectations of the buyer are considerably higher than…

10 Perennials Every Gardener Should Grow

10 Perennials Every Garden Should Have Perennials are in full summer swing colouring beds and borders; they bring both vibrant and subtle hues to the lower layer of the planting picture. We love our perennials because most grow quickly, spread from small plants to larger clumps, and flower after a…

Plant Selection: Learning from Nature Volume 1

Review of Noel Kingsbury’s new eBook Plant Selection: Learning from Nature.  Noel Kingsbury’s new book, Plant Selection: Learning from Nature Volume 1 has just been published as an e book by MyGardenSchool. If you’ve never bought an e book before don’t worry, neither had I. I don’t use a kindle…

Caterpillars: A Wriggly Garden Pest

How To Control Caterpillars We all love to see butterflies in our gardens, and moths can be attractive and fascinating, but we are not so keen on the caterpillars. The larval stage of the butterfly and moth lifecycle that eats our precious plants. These seem to appear from nowhere, eat…

Midsummer Vegetable Sowing

What Vegetables To Sow In Summer After midsummer the vegetable plot tends to be a place to harvest, rather a place to sow or grow. As early greens are picked and potatoes are lifted, space often remains empty. In containers and raised beds gaps are often left as the early…