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.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.