What To Do In The Garden In October

Wildlife

In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of October, 2017.

What To Do In The Garden In May

Seeds

Although the weather is feeling decidedly chilly for the time of the year, during May the threat of frost will pass and, with spring well under way, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 30th of April, 2018.

Mother's Day Gardening Gift Ideas

Flowers

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 6th March. It's when we celebrate mothers and often give them flowers or gifts. Here are my thoughts on what to give your mum this Mothering Sunday.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 2nd of March, 2015.

How To Grow Conservatory Plants

Plants & Flowers

If you're fortunate enough to have a conservatory, plants from all over the world can be invited into your home. As David Hall explains, succulents, citrus fruits and plants with outstanding foliage can all can be grown successfully in the warm, bright conditions.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Plants

With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of July, 2015.

Plants That Are Poisonous For Pets

BBQ

Enthusiastic gardeners who are also pet owners may be surprised to learn that many of the plants they grow are toxic to cats and dogs. David Hall has been reading a recent report detailing the dangers.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 8th of July, 2015.

How To Eliminate Garden Weeds

Laurel

At this time of the year everything in the garden should be flourishing, including unfortunately weeds. Andrew Taylor considers the options on how to prevent and remove these unwanted intruders.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 3rd of June, 2015.

Summer Bulbs - Easy to Grow for a Marvellous Show

Organic Gardening

There's always enough time to plant summer flowering bulbs to create a superb show of dramatic colour. Here is a selection of Nathan James Dodd's favourites among the many that are available from your Garden Centre.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 1st of June, 2015.

Lavatera - A Superb Container Grown Shrub

Plants & Flowers

Container grown shrubs can be planted throughout most of the year. The choice is huge and, for David Hall, the Lavatera is a particular favourite.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 29th of May, 2015.

The Most Beautiful Clematis

Climbing Plants

The beauty of one particular Clematis has enchanted David Hall for many years, Clematis sieboldii or “Florida Bi-Colour” is his queen of the climbers and here he explains why it captivated him.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 28th of May, 2015.

Hanging Baskets - Now Available!

Climbing Plants

Hanging Baskets have just arrived in our garden centre, take them home and hang in a sunny position and they will make a wonderful display all summer. Nathan James Dodd thinks they're fabulous and explains why.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of May, 2015.

Roses - Britain's Favourite Plant

Hanging Baskets

Roses are regularly voted the nation's favourite plant. With such a fantastic variety of colour, scent, size and habit, it's no wonder that there's a rose to suit every garden. Robert Hall explains their enduring appeal and how to ensure a summer long display.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 26th of May, 2015.

Why Our Front Gardens Should Be Green Not Grey

Pruning

Suburban gardens, once the well kept privet edged pride and joy of the majority of householders, are rapidly becoming paved over according to a recent report from the Royal Horticultural Society that Nathan James Dodd has been reading.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of May, 2015.

Container Gardening

Herbs

If you have a small garden, courtyard, or no garden at all, container growing might be the perfect way to fill your outside space with some of your favourite plants. David Coton considers timber and stone containers and how best to use them.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 11th of May, 2015.

A Guide To Common Plant Diseases

Grow Your Own

It’s always disappointing when your carefully tended plants fall victim to a mystery ailment. But, as David Hall discovers, this needn’t result in its demise. First identify the complaint, then treat the plant to eliminate the cause, and hopefully the plant will return to healthy growth. Here is David's list of the commonest diseases and how they can be eradicated.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 21st of August, 2015.

Orchid Plant Care Tips

Vegetables

Orchids in pots, especially the ‘Moth Orchid’ or Phalaenopsis, are widely available and popular gifts. Placed on a window sill, they bloom for long periods when pruned, watered and fed correctly. In this article David Coton share some important orchid plant care tips.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 20th of August, 2015.

How To Feed Your Garden

Compost

At this time of the year, when the growing season is coming to an end, you may feel that the garden needs replenishing with nutrients.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of August, 2014.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Compost

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 6th March 2016 this year. It is when we celebrate mothers and treat them to a meal or often give them flowers or gifts. Here are my thoughts on what to give your mum this Mothering Sunday.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 14th of March, 2014.

How to Interest Children in Gardening

Flowers

Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Ellie Goodall thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.

How to convert your lawn into a wild flower meadow

Flowers

A while ago Nathan James Dodd saw a quote in 'Plantlife', an organization fighting hard to protect our wild flowers and plants: 'our meadows and grasslands are as much part of our heritage as the works of Shakespeare'.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 3rd of June, 2013.

What To Do In The Garden In December

Conservation

Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden. David Coton suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 20th of November, 2017.

HTA Plant Show 2016

December

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.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of June, 2016.

Successful Father's Day Event

Plants & Flowers

Gardensite hosted a tremendously successful Father's Day event on Sunday 19 July, and David Coton was there to participate in the fun that raised money for the Breast Cancer Now charity.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 22nd of June, 2016.

Time To Live Rose At The Chelsea Flower Show

Father's Day

Since its launch, the 'Time To Live' rose has proved a great success raising funds for the Breast Cancer Now charity. Nathan James Dodd is now pleased to report that it featured in a prize winning garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 19th of May, 2016.

Best Gardens To Visit In The Spring

Flower Show

Spring is a wonderful time to visit a garden where you'll see new vibrant colour and planting that will inspire you for the year to come. Here are David Hall's suggestions regarding the best spring gardens to visit.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 31st of March, 2016.