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Six Of The World’s Best Tomatoes

My Six Favourite Tomatoes To Grow Sponsored Post by Franchi Seeds Andy: Paolo of Franchi Seeds, Italy is passionate about growing and preparing food. As tomatoes are at the very heart of Italian cuisine and Italian tomatoes are renowned the world over I asked him to recommend the best tomatoes…

10 Best Hedging Plants

Ten Best Plants For Hedging When is the best time to plant a hedge? As long as you are planting container grown plants, the simple answer is whenever you have the time to do it. Plant in autumn and the ground is warm and moist; your new hedging plants have…

Summer Colour For Pots In Shade

Shady Tolerant Plants For Summer Colour In Pots There are plenty of shrubs and perennials that you can grow in pots and containers in shade. Euonymus varieties, for example, offer a variety of shapes and forms and evergreen colourful foliage. Hostas grow well in pots and their superb foliage is…

10 Tips To Consider Before Buying A Garden Trampoline

What to Consider When Buying a Trampoline The trampoline has become the standard item of play equipment for the garden. Long gone are the days of the swing and the climbing frame, in gardens of all sizes trampolines dominate the picture. They are readily available in store and on line,…

10 Great Perennials To Grow For Cutting

Ten Of The Best Perennials For Cutting There is increasing interest in hardy annuals and perennials as cut flowers. Take a look at any flower stall, market or wholesaler and you will find familiar border flowers at almost any time of the year. Of course there are more in summer,…

10 Best UK Gardens to Visit

Our 10 Recommended Gardens For You To Visit So which gardens are on your list to visit this year? I decided to put together a list of some of my favourite larger gardens which I think should be on everyone’s agenda at some point. Personally I enjoy small, private gardens…

10 Swimming Pool Design Tips

What To Consider When Planning A Swimming Pool When we first moved to a house with a large garden, the first question from the children was, “can we have a swimming pool?” I must admit I was tempted; I am a keen swimmer and would certainly have been the one…

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Gardeners

Valentine’s Day Alternatives to Roses The traditional gift of a bunch of red roses for Valentine’s Day may not be the best choice for the gardener in your life. Cut flowers are lovely, but they are hardly enduring. A week later they will be languishing on the compost heap: their…

How To Start A Nursery

How Do You Start Your Own Plant Nursery? I have often think I would love to have my own nursery, and I bet many other readers share my dream. I know it is hard work and has its pitfalls, but nearly all passionate horticulturists long to grow, as well as…

How To Plant Perennials: An Expert Guide

How To Buy & Plant Herbaceous Perennials There are a number of ways that you can buy and plant perennials, especially at the beginning of the season. Small pots are on sale in volume on the internet, in garden centres and DIY and Home Depot stores. Bare root perennials are…