Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.
According to David Coton, that is the question asked by the Horticultural Trades Association's National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme, who want to increase awareness of the positive contribution plants can have on people's lives.
The physical health benefits are well known but just looking at a garden is scientifically proven to improve recovery time amongst hospital patients, according to Sir Richard Thompson, ex-President of the Royal College of Physicians.
Together with Thrive, a charity that uses gardening to bring about positive change, and leading gardener David Domoney, the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) now want people to name the top three plants that make them happy.
When the results are known, the top twenty plants will be exhibited at this year's Chelsea Flower Show as part of a scientific experiment.
Facial recognition cameras will gauge visitor reactions to the plants, monitoring eye contact, smiles and reactions. The results will be displayed and analysed according to age and gender.
Then the plant that causes the greatest sense of well-being will be identified.
So, if snowdrops produce a spring in your step, or you delight in dahlias, vote for the plants that make you happiest at: www.daviddomoney.com/happy-plant-top-100
Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.
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.