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.
A tree is a valuable addition to your garden, increasing its beauty and providing shade and structure throughout the year. Nathan James Dodd passes on his experience about choosing and planting the right one for your garden.
This is my guide to the best trees noted for their flowering or berrying ability; or for their suitability for small gardens.
A few facts to draw your attention:
Your choice of tree is very much a personal thing, dependent on your taste and the style of your garden.
The main thing you will need to consider is the size that the tree will grow to, and that your garden is big enough to hold it. You do not want your new tree to dwarf the rest of your garden, or to cut out all your sunlight in 10 years time. So chose a suitably sized tree that offers a long period of interest. But remember that a tree planted on a boundary will only half encroach on your garden.
Consider your favourite colours - would you prefer a white or pink blossomed tree? Would you like it to have red or yellow berries? And remember, we've done most of the hard work for you, so use this information to your advantage. Purchase and plant your tree, sit back and enjoy many years of growing pleasure.
You can always prune your tree if you wish to restrict its growth or remove any unwanted or diseased branches. Light pruning can be done at any time of year, but anything heavier that would require a saw should be done in late autumn. Always remember to cut to either a leaf bud or branch joint.
Nathan James Dodd
With gardens becoming smaller, neighbours closer and roads busier, we all suffer from different types of noise pollution. But, as Andy Taylor reports, Forest have now come up with a new kind of fencing that minimizes this nuisance.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Dan Everton helps you look after your pond during the February with some tips on the precautions you can take to avoid the water freezing over, and advice on keeping fish at this time of the year.
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.