Garden Design

Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai - The Miniature Fuji Cherry

Wildlife

Call it whatever you wish, Robert Hall says that the Miniature Fuji Cherry or Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai, is a superb flowering miniature cherry tree.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 28th of August, 2015.

Choosing Timber and Wooden Planters

Organic Gardening

Looking to buy a timber planter but not sure what to purchase? David Coton provides some helpful advice on the many different designs that are available and how they can transform your patio and garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 21st of March, 2017.

How Thrive's Accessible Gardening Changes Lives

Landscaping

The Society for Horticultural Therapy is an organisation generally known as Thrive, and David Coton recently learnt more about their projects, training and consultancy.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 16th of June, 2016.

How To Plan A Herbaceous Border

Gardening

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennials that are closely grouped to create a dramatic, colourful and structural show. Nathan James Dodd shares some ideas on how to create a perfect border which will be an eye catching spectacle that will last throughout the summer.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 7th of April, 2016.

2016 Gardening Trends

Herbaceous Border

With Christmas and the New Year celebrations over with, it’s time to think about gardening trends for 2016, here’s what Nathan James Dodd foresees in the coming months.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 7th of January, 2016.

Lavatera - A Superb Container Grown Shrub

Birds

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.

Why Our Front Gardens Should Be Green Not Grey

Hanging Baskets

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.

Buy An Acer And Gain A Canopy Of Colour

Grow Your Own

The acer family has always been renowned for providing some of the great classical trees found in British Arboretums. Robert Hall discusses his suggestions for the best acers to invest in for your garden.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 17th of October, 2014.

How To Move A Shrub

Gardening

It's inevitable that some shrubs, for whatever reason, will need to be relocated in your garden. And there is no better time to do this than in the autumn. Here, Martyn Loach describes the best way to successfully move a shrub.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 10th of October, 2014.

How To Buy Garden Water Features

Gardening

If you thought the Duke of Devonshire's garden was somewhat difficult to replicate, you'd probably be correct. However, modestly sized and priced water features are extremely popular and Dan Everton finds out why.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How To Create A Green Shed Roof

Garden Lighting

Mineral roofing felt on sheds and garages only has a limited lifetime, usually fairly short before it becomes ragged and torn. One way favoured by Martyn Loach to increase its lifespan, and at the same time create a surface with totally 'right on' environmental credentials, is to install a green roof.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Sunday, 25th of August, 2013.

Grange Flower Circles featured on 'Love Your Garden'

Garden Design

The current series of 'Love Your Garden' came to an end last night. It once again featured an array of ideas, and used Grange Flower Circles to great effect.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 14th of August, 2013.

How to Create a Medicinal Garden

Alan Titchmarsh

More than half of the medicines we use today are derived from plants and Nathan James Dodd recently visited the famous Chelsea Physic Garden in London to gain inspiration for his own medicinal garden.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 22nd of February, 2013.

Plants for Acid Soils

Gardening

Any soil with a pH below 7.0 can be defined as acid and although the number of hardy perennials that prefer this type of soil is limited, David Hall knows that you can choose from a large selection of some of our most attractive shrubs.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Friday, 22nd of February, 2013.

How to Create a Sensory Garden

Compost

Our five senses are all integral to the amount of enjoyment we get from gardens. But what if one or more of our senses are impaired? Nathan James Dodd thinks we can construct a garden that is enjoyable for everyone, whatever their impairment.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 21st of February, 2013.

How to Create a Victorian Garden

Gardening

Britain's place in the world was key to Victorian garden design. With an Empire on which the sun never set, it was natural that plants would be gathered from the furthest pink shaded corners of the globe. They would then be transported back to, and this is important, not only grand gardens but the modest plots of the burgeoning middle classes.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 21st of February, 2013.

Planting Ideas for a Dry Garden

Flowers

Even though we've just emerged from the wettest year in the hundred years, the unpredictability of British weather means that we're probably in for a drought this time around. The good news is that, if you follow Nathan James Dodd's advice, your plot doesn't have to resemble Death Valley in a John Wayne western.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 21st of February, 2013.