Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.
According to David Coton, that is the question asked by the Horticultural Trades Association's National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme, who want to increase awareness of the positive contribution plants can have on people's lives.
The physical health benefits are well known but just looking at a garden is scientifically proven to improve recovery time amongst hospital patients, according to Sir Richard Thompson, ex-President of the Royal College of Physicians.
Together with Thrive, a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive change, and leading gardener David Domoney, the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) now want people to name the top three plants that make them happy.
When the results are known, the top twenty plants will be exhibited at this year's Chelsea Flower Show as part of a scientific experiment.
Facial recognition cameras will gauge visitor reactions to the plants, monitoring eye contact, smiles and reactions. The results will be displayed and analysed according to age and gender.
Then the plant that causes the greatest sense of well-being will be identified.
So, if snowdrops produce a spring in your step, or you delight in dahlias, vote for the plants that make you happiest at: www.daviddomoney.com/happy-plant-top-100
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.