As winter draws in and Christmas beckons, indoor plants, floral and foliage decorations assume greater significance. David Coton suggests how you can transform your home with the colourful interest of seasonal plants.
National Gardening Week is taking place from Monday 11 April to Sunday 17 April and Nathan James Dodd has been discovering what is happening during the UK's largest celebration of gardening.
The Royal Horticultural Society is organising an impressive amount of activities all over the country. There are garden tours, demonstrations, workshops, and talks that all aim to promote gardening as an activity beneficial to individuals and the community as a whole.
Everyone has had the opportunity to register their own event, this could be transforming neglected area where they live, holding a garden party or fundraising event to raise money for a garden related project, or perhaps a sponsored weeding marathon.
Many of the events encourage people to improve their environment through gardening and there's a long list of suggestions for 'Things To Do' in your own or shared garden, why not build a bee hotel, plant a tree, a create a green roof?
This year's theme is 'Get Fit In The Garden' and several RHS gardens are focussing on health, happiness and horticulture, showcasing how working in the garden can improve your health, there's even family fitness classes and Tai Chi instruction.
Six days of events at the Royal Gardens at Highgrove feature a festival of plants, produce and crafts. Other gardens will offer opportunities to 'meet the gardener' or cookery demonstrations that make the most of garden produce.
On National Gardens Open Day on Friday 15 April, it will be your chance to visit the superb RHS Gardens at Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire free of charge.
Read our blog on why gardening is good for your health.
Sometimes only the best will do. And if you are looking for the best domestic shed on the UK market it will probably be branded with the Biohort name and logo.
There's little doubt that the sight and sound of flowing water brings another dimension to a garden. Self-contained water features can be stunning focal points or discreet ornamentation. They add animation to a garden, kindling visual and aural interest in areas that have previously lacked a spark.
Elite Greenhouses have always been at the forefront of new design combined with an unrivalled user-friendly experience and the Edge has got it all.
With warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, the garden centre is getting increasingly busy with customers stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets 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.