There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.
The third episode of Love Your Garden focused the transformation of a former Gurkha soldier's garden in Kent. David Hall saw how a combination of hard and soft landscaping brought a little piece of Nepal to the garden of England.
After Hari Budha Magar trod on a land mine in Afghanistan he lost both legs and inevitably this has made tending and getting around his garden difficult. The garden also lacks privacy and is awkwardly shaped.
One more element to be taken into account is that Hari suffers from post-traumatic stress, so Alan and his team set about creating a tranquil garden that was easy to negotiate and contained many references to his home land.
Take for example the stream that now runs the length of the garden, a crystal clear reminder of the mountain streams that cascade through the Himalayas.
Butyl rubber was used as a waterproofing material. This is long lasting and ideal for the job but not very attractive, so it was only appropriate that stones that could have fallen from a mountain side were laid to hide it from sight.
So that the family could enjoy eating outside, a dining space was created that had a colourful Katmandu street market theme. A pergola was erected over the area and covered with different coloured acrylic panels, this meant that when the sun shone a wonderful kaleidoscope effect appeared below.
Hari's wife needed a quiet place to pray and, with paint and stencils, Rowlinson Haven Arbour was remodelled as brightly coloured prayer house. Perfect to maximize space, this arbour featured at Gardeners' World Live and fits neatly into a corner, providing both shelter and shade.
Finally, a curved bench was installed in a seating area surrounded by rhododendrons and other lush green Himalayan plants, so that Hari could admire the garden, listen to the trickling stream and enjoy his garden's new found tranquillity.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.