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.
Nathan James Dodd
Grange are introducing several new fence panels and gates in 2017 and Andy Taylor has been looking at these fresh additions to their already impressive collection of timber products.
With the security of online purchases and protection of personal information a priority for our customers, David Coton is pleased to announce that gardensite.co.uk is now fully secure across the whole site.
Palmako are one of Europe's leading manufacturers of garden buildings using high quality Nordic timber, and David Coton is pleased that GardenSite can now offer their new range of versatile and beautifully constructed garden buildings.
With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.