5 essential … plants to grow under trees

One of the trickiest places to grow plants is under trees and shrubs where moisture and light are at a premium.  Here’s a small selection of plants which are perfectly suited to this difficult environment. They say there’s a hardy Geranium for every site and Geranium maccrorhizum thrive in full shade and dry soil.  Add […]

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Jobs for the garden in November

At this time of year gardening is largely about clearing up and protecting your garden for the winter, but November also marks the start of the tree and hedge planting season.  Here’s a quick rundown on what you could be doing this month: Prepare for winter by checking anything that is at risk of cold, […]

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Choosing spring bulbs for your cutting garden

If you’re a keen gardener you’ll no doubt appreciate that there’s rarely a time when you can kick back and forget about your garden.  Even as summer draws to a close and it feels like there’s a chance to relax, it’s already time to be preparing next year’s garden.  Spring bulbs need to be planted […]

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Fabulous plants for September

Here’s a small selection of wonderful plants I’d recommend for the garden in September.  When I drew up the shortlist I hadn’t realised that most of them hold the RHS Award for Garden Merit (AGM), but that just helps to indicate what great plants they are.  No need to just take my word for it!! Tricyrtis formosana […]

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Fabulous plants for April

As spring really kicks off now, woodland gardens and all their associated plants really come into their own.  Here are just some of my favourite plants for lovely April flowers. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’  AGM This fantastically useful ground cover plant is a real bonus in early spring.  It has pretty blue forget-me-not type flowers […]

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Fabulous plants for March

As winter draws to a close, it’s always fantastic to see things stirring and a bit more colour in the garden.  Below are my selection of just a few lovely plants for early spring interest. Anemone blanda Commonly known as the winter windflower, the many shades of blue, through purple, mauve and pink to white, […]

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Jobs for the garden in March

With signs of spring all around this is a great time to get ahead before your plants put on so much growth that it becomes difficult to get into the borders. As the temperatures start to rise the weeds will start to grow so try to keep on top of them from the start of […]

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Make room for pollinators

Many people think that creating a wildlife-friendly garden is the preserve of eco-friendly sandal-wearing, tofu-munching people.  And in some cases that may be true!  But designing gardens with wildlife in mind is not only beneficial for the creatures it attracts, but for the garden owner too, so it’s really worth thinking about – whatever your perspective. […]

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