The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place next month and Nathan James Dodd looks forward to what you'll discover at the largest annual show of its kind.
Call it whatever you wish, Robert Hall says that the Miniature Fuji Cherry or Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai, is a superb flowering cherry tree.
A beautiful hardy shrub that has everything going for it, except one thing. Nobody has ever heard of it
Consulting an advertising agency could do wonders for its image, raising consumer awareness and increasing demand. But I don't think we'll bother. One of the great appeals of gardening is discovery, so we'll keep this one a secret
Descended from the mountainous Fuji Cherry of Japan, this miniature form has it all, and more
Shrunk to just 12" makes it the ideal size to go into the garden centres, but in your care it will eventually reach 4'-5' tall and 3' wide
It's newly found zig zag shaped branches not only give it a striking winter shape, but make it a very busy looking plant, that actually goes nowhere quickly.
It is ideal as a specimen for a pot, or even a plant to bonsai?
Frozen with a glistening haw frost, its cracked icy fingers make a spectacular sight on a cold clear winter's morning.
The early spring thaw that creeps on, as we move nearer to March, heralds a new dawn in the year of the Kojo.
Wreaths of small pink buds swell over the naked twiggy branches opening to delicate snow white pocket handkerchief blooms. The blossom is the icing on the cake, make no mistake, but there is more to come.
Fresh foliage unfurls over the frame to finally clothe the shrub in spring green. Slowly deepening in colour during the heat of summer, the temperature's rise.
This finally draws an autumnal flush of reds and gold to the leaves before the cold winds and rain strip the Kojo naked.
The cycle starts again, but it's better the next time.
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.