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 summer sales report from internet retailer Amazon has revealed some interesting gardening trends and Nathan James Dodd has discovered that we are becoming a nation of indoor gardeners.
Fruit and vegetables are thriving on city window ledges, balconies and even ceilings, resulting in the sales of indoor allotment sets increasing by 950%.
There's quite a choice of these sets, allowing you to grow herbs and salad leaves on your windowsill. Extremely cute miniature allotment plots have a shed and picket fence, there's a mini-planter, or small wooden trough. You can even buy a mini set of gardening implements to tend your diminutive plot.
Sales of ceiling hanging pots have grown tremendously. These are quite bizarre, and most of your visitors will be taken aback by the sight of plants hanging from the kitchen ceiling in an Upside Down Plant Holder or similar Sky Planter in which you can grow many house plants and vegetables.
We all know that many youngsters have a fondness for creepy crawlies, and children's butterfly gardens have been another sales success this year.
The kits come complete with caterpillars that the children look after until a butterfly emerges from its cocoon to be released or observed in a large 'butterfly pavilion'. Stick and other insects are available and the gardens can be used again after more caterpillars are purchased.
Although the report found that nationally, residents of central and east London topped the urban gardening charts, people from the Midlands had the greenest fingers, spending their hard earned money on sprayers, hose pipes and a large amount of compost.
Nathan James Dodd
Here in Birmingham, the weather has been as changeable as ever, very warm just before Easter followed by a cold spell only last week. During May the threat of further frost will largely pass and, with spring well under way, Robert Hall is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
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.
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.