Top tips for great-looking summer flowers

Top tips for great-looking summer flowers

For many of us northern UK gardeners this summer has been disappointing, at least weather-wise. But you may have noticed that it doesn’t seem to have affected your flowering plants too much. This is because they respond to day length coupled with night-time...
I Love Clematis

I Love Clematis

Five reasons why you should grow these amazing climbing plants Clematis are a large and versatile flowering plant group.  Most of them are climbing plants, which naturally twine around twigs, trellis or other plants to grow up towards the sun.  They are great for...

It’s snowdrop time!

Snowdrops are the showstoppers of late winter.  As their elegant green spikes push up through the frost and snow, you can sense life returning where all has seemed barren.   Many of us grow a few in our own gardens, where they look lovely grown scattered around the...
A perennial holiday problem!

A perennial holiday problem!

Let’s make it easy for ourselves – dealing with holiday watering. So you plan a holiday, look forward to it for months and in the meantime you happily grow plants from seed or use plug plants and pot them on into tubs and pots to enjoy. So far so good! Then you have...
Great Plants for a Shady Spring Border

Great Plants for a Shady Spring Border

Many gardeners and garden designers find it difficult to make successful borders in the shadier parts of the garden. While it’s true that a lot of the showier plants you can buy at the garden centre are sun-loving, actually there are hundreds of great flowering plants...