As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.
Our short guide to selecting the right roses for your garden.
Roses are our most popular plants in our garden centres and you can see them in one form of another in most gardens. Because of the limited space available in most town gardens other plants usually share the rose bed. This can give a pleasantly balanced display but for really successful results you need careful planning.
The best effects will come from making full use of the various types of roses. Use climbing roses and ramblers, shrub roses and bushes of H.T., floribunda and polyantha. This will result in a far more interesting and attractive layout than a large area of bush types.
One of the first considerations when choosing plants to grow with roses is colour. The reds, oranges and pinks of some roses can clash horribly with other plants if you are not careful. One way of avoiding a clash of colours is to choose plants with white of silver foliage or foliage of contrasting green to grow among the roses.
Roses need to play a dominant role so avoid planting them next to over obtrusive or flamboyant plants. Because roses are deciduous it is a good idea to plant evergreens nearby which will screen bare stems during winter.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
When purchasing a Christmas tree, you may or may not be aware that you're continuing a centuries old tradition that was enthusiastically adopted by the Victorians. An artificial tree as Andy Taylor explains is just a modern take on this age old practice.
In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.