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
This guide by Andy Taylor is all about battery powered lights, a very safe way to decorate your home with festive colour. With low running costs and bright LEDs, batteries may be the smart choice this Christmas.
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.
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.
Christmas wreaths, swags and garlands might be thought a little old fashioned, but Robert Hall thinks that modern versions of these traditional decorations are a fabulous way to combine tradition with colourful contemporary themes.