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10 Best Evergreen Shrubs For Winter Interest

Foliage Shrubs for Great Winter Colour Evergreen shrubs come into their own in winter, when others have shed their leaves and only the silhouettes of bare branches remain. They underline the importance of foliage in the garden and its enduring beauty, unlike the ephemeral charm and colour of flowers. From…

Chelsea Flower Show 2015: A Review

What’s Happening at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015?  The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Press Conference in January is always something I look forward to. Even though I’ve been involved in the Show for 25 years, it is always exciting to hear about other exhibitors plans and see what we…

What to Plant in Pots for Spring Colour

7 Gardening Tips for Spring Colour in Pots Colourful primroses, violas, bellis and a host of other spring beauties are already colouring the benches in garden centres and nurseries. We all crave colour and we love anything that gives an instant impact in the garden. For just a few pounds…

10 Things To Consider Before Building a Patio

Terrace Design Considerations Are you looking forward to summer and the idea of sitting out in the garden? Have you got anywhere to sit? Maybe you are planning a patio? If you have a new home with a garden, perhaps you’ve been concentrating on the house up to now and…

Early & Main Crop Potatoes: Are They worth Growing?

Potatoes:  How to Grow the Best Potatoes Ever! I know those with allotments and the real vegetable growing aficionados will throw up their hands in horror at my question, however I have a feeling that many gardeners will relate. Certainly those, like me, that religiously buy a couple of varieties…

What Are The 10 Best Houseplants?

10 Easiest Houseplant To Grow. Somehow gardeners and houseplants just don’t mix. In the garden the standard of horticulture may be high, but in the house anything green has to thrive on neglect. Maybe the focus of attention just changes with time. As a boy I was mad keen on…

What Greenhouse Should I Buy?

What To Consider When Buying a Greenhouse I don’t have a greenhouse, but would really love to own one. As a boy I had a tiny 6’ x 4’ glass to ground, wooden frame greenhouse that I really loved. It was heated with a paraffin heater, lined with polythene sheeting…

Sunflowers – The flower of 2015

Growing the tallest sunflower has a similar fascination to growing the heaviest pumpkin: it’s the gardening story that makes the local newspaper. To some sunflowers have become quite trendy: if you don’t sprinkle the seeds on your porridge you invest a small fortune feeding them to wild birds. Perhaps you…

How to Sow Seeds: Sowing Tips at the Start of the Season

  Propagation of Seeds for Spring Vegetables and Annuals As we embark on a new gardening year I thought I would share a few tips and reminders about growing from seed. I’m sure many of you are experts at growing from seed, but even those of us that have been…

The London Garden Bridge – Vanity or Sanity?

Not many horticultural projects make the National papers from the moment of conception – so the London Garden Bridge scores on that count. Those of us in the industry do get excited when plants get publicity, so the immediate reaction is that this has to be good for the profile…