With spring well under way, you may be considering buying a greenhouse, Andy Taylor tells you how this will increase your chances of successfully growing a wider variety of plants over a longer period of time.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.
With the national collection of Japanese cherries, blossom time at Batsford is spectacular, also notable are the magnolias and acers in this lovely Cotswolds setting.
Although maganificent throughout the year, there are a series of walks through this 55 acre garden to admire narcissi, primroses, rhododendrons, wisteria and peonies.
A celebrated garden, transport yourself to the Himalayas by walking through the rhododendron covered valley, and in May the laburnum arch is in full bloom.
The rhododendron woodland garden at Bowood House is one of the best in Britain. There are also magnolias, camellias, azaleas and many other spring flowering shrubs.
World renowned for its rhododendrons and rare plants including the blue Himalayan poppy, the rock garden has a wonderful display of alpine primulas, gentians and saxifrages.
Beautiful 140 acre coastal location that owes much to Victorian plant hunters who established the garden's unique collection of camellias and over 600 species of magnolia.
A woodland garden above the River Dart that's at its most impressive between February and May when full of spring bulbs, camelias in the walled garden, and rhododendrons.
Daffodils, hyacinths, camelias and maganolias in abundance with other rare and unusual species. Go on a guided bluebell walk, and admire the spectacular cherry tree blossom.
Woodland rhododendrons and azaleas are best in May together with masses of bluebells, there's also ancient magnolias, camelias, daffodils and primroses earlier in the spring.
A visit to Rowallane will be rewarded with superb magnolias, daphnes and azaleas; snowdrops are followed by bluebells in the woodland; and the rhododendrons are particularly admired.
Lakeland daffodils cover the wildflower bank, cherry blossom flourishes in the Small Orchard and the superb rock garden is full of colour and interest with dwarf daffodils and Muscari.
The restored formal gardens cover 40 acres and spring is definitely the best time to see a marvellous display of colour from camelias, rhododendrons, magnolias and azeleas.
Robert Hall, senior partner at GardenSite.co.uk has been elected to sit on the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Judging Panel for 2017. The news was announced on 31st March 2017 on the GIMA website.
April, particularly if you are on holiday over Easter, is the time when gardeners, whatever their level of enthusiasm and skill, want to get into the garden. Andy Taylor looks at the gardening jobs that can be achieved this month.
With rising water temperature and kinder weather, April is a good month for pond maintenance and Dan Everton takes a look at the jobs that need to be done this month.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.