At this time of the year many people will be thinking about placing nest boxes in their garden. As David Hall points out, there are several rules to follow if you are going to be successful in attracting birds to use them.
Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
It's clear from the recent State of Nature Report that insects need all the help they can get. Many plants finish flowering in the final weeks of summer but here are my suggestions to provide a food source for insects as we approach the end of the year.
Michaelmas falls on 29 September and the eponymous daisies not only provide lovely pastel colour, all sorts of insects will be attracted to them as a food source.
Sedum spectabile is one of my favourite late flowering plants, many pollinators will make a bee line to its gorgeous dark pink flower heads.
The scented Buddleia weyeriana 'Sungold' is easy to grow and boasts clusters of dainty yellow flowers right up until frosts arrive. Without pruning it can grow up to around 18ft.
Although grown for its attractive variegated foliage, Ivy is an abundant source of food and provides inviting habitat for a large number of insects.
Verbena bonariensis is a elegantly tall perennial with branching stems and small purple flowers that butterflies will flock to in the autumn.
You needn't transform your garden into a nature reserve, these plants will not look out of place in even the most manicured garden, attracting essential pollinators and adding colour late into the growing season.
The weather forecast is for a sizzling summer and David Coton is already looking forward to preparing delicious barbecued food for his family and friends. Barbecues have become incredibly popular over recent years and here is David's guide on what to look out for when choosing one of these summer essentials.
Sheds of any kind are ubiquitous in the British garden and, due to their popularity, there are plenty to choose from. David Coton explores the basic considerations that need to be taken into account before purchasing one.
Pay attention to your lawn in the spring and Andy Taylor reckons you will receive dividends later in the year.
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.