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Getting into the garden – December

Getting into the garden – December

There is still much that can be done outdoors in the garden during December providing the weather is good and it’s also time to think about ‘real’ plants and trees for Christmas.  There are loads of winter flowering and evergreen plants to choose from which are all now available at your local garden centre or [...]

Plant of the Month – December (Sarcococca)

Plant of the Month – December (Sarcococca)

Sarcococca makes a great addition to a winter garden as it’s a tough, reliable plant that is very easy to grow.  Perfect for a border, in containers or as ground cover it will grow well in shade.  It grows slowly and gradually to form low-growing mounds of evergreen foliage and also has red and black [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Sarcococca

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Sarcococca

A fragrant plant for the garden at this time of year is the evergreen shrub Sarcococca, commonly known as ‘sweet box’ or ‘Christmas box’ with its delicate white flowers that bloom over winter and early Spring.  Former Chanel model and founder of the Edible Bus Stop Mak Gilchrist is a real fan “This plant has [...]

Plant of the Month – November (Trees)

Plant of the Month – November (Trees)

Trees can be positioned in wet and dry land and they can tolerate acidic, chalky, sandy and clay soils and come in all shapes and sizes. From flowering cherries and crab apples to evergreen yews and weeping willows, trees offer different leaf size, shape and colour.  There are those that flower magnificently in spring and [...]

Getting into the garden – November

Getting into the garden – November

November is a great month to start thinking about the year ahead – how you want your garden to look, areas of improvement, colour schemes and how to expand on this year’s foray into growing your own fruit and veg or new plant varieties. It’s also a good time to plant trees before the ground [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Trees

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Trees

November is a good time to plant trees before the ground gets too hard or frozen.  An avid  tree fan is The One Show’s Gardening expert, Christine Walkden.“Trees to me add movement and grace to any garden situation, raising the eye into the third dimension, with stunning foliage, lovely flowers, great fruit and the ability [...]

Plant of the Month – October (Conifer)

Plant of the Month – October (Conifer)

It’s National Conifer Week during October and garden centres and nurseries around the UK as part of their ‘Plan It, Plant It this Autumn’ campaign will become conifer information centres.  Being hardy, easy to care for and long-lasting, conifers are the ideal choice for the inexperienced gardener looking for a low maintenance but high impact [...]

Getting into the garden – October

Getting into the garden – October

For a lot of gardeners October is a tidy-up month, getting plants and containers ready for winter.  It’s also the best time of year for planting shrubs and trees, especially conifers.  Plants are becoming dormant and therefore have the winter to get their roots down and become established whilst the soil is still warm before [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Conifers

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Conifers

Someone who understands all about high impact is conifer lover, Alex Gregory MBE, Team GB Olympic Gold Medal Rower.  “Conifers have always been a part of my life. From the early days of climbing in their branches, to the family pilgrimage we took to the Californian giant redwoods” says Alex.  “There’s something fascinating about the [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Japanese Anemones

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Japanese Anemones

Jason Ingram, Gardener’s World photographer is a real fan of Japanese Anemones  “They are extremely photogenic flowers which brighten up the garden in late-summer or autumn, producing simple saucers in white and various shades of pink” he says.   “They are a ‘must have’ border plant for the Autumn and put on a fantastic display in [...]

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