What To Do In The Garden In May

Wildlife

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.

Prunus incisa Kojo no-mai - The Miniature Fuji Cherry

Flowers

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.

HTA Plant Show 2016

Organic Gardening

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.

Mother's Day Gardening Gift Ideas

Plants & 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.

How To Grow And Care For Succulents

Plants

David Hall has always enjoyed growing the vast and varied group of plants known as succulents and cacti. As he explains, their attempts to master a range of often hostile conditions, has resulted in the development of a fantastic array of interesting and appealing shapes, colours and textures.

Author: David Hall

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

Gardening Really Is Good For You

Succulents

In the middle of National Allotments Week, a survey has confirmed that gardening really is good for your health and Nathan James Dodd has been looking at its findings.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 12th of August, 2015.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Vegetables

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.

Choosing Scented Plants To Go Around Your Garden Arbour

Laurel

With evenings becoming warmer, you will be spending more time in the garden and Robert Hall enjoys relaxing outdoors in an arbour at this time of the year surrounded by night scented plants.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of May, 2015.

How To Eliminate Garden Weeds

Grange

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.

Keeping Hedges In Shape

Climbing Plants

Whether you just have a hedge on one side of your garden or, like David Hall, a garden with laurel hedges on all sides, they will need to be pruned to retain their shape and density.

Author: David Hall

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

Roses - Britain's Favourite Plant

Laurel

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.

Container Gardening

Pruning

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.

Pruning Trees And Shrubs

Grow Your Own

As winter is generally the best time of the year to prune shrubs and trees, David Coton waits for the leaves to fall from the trees before getting out his clean sharp secateurs and loppers.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 12th of November, 2014.

Buy An Acer And Gain A Canopy Of Colour

Gardening

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.

What To Do In The Garden in June

Gardening

At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Sunday, 27th of May, 2018.

What To Do In The Garden In December

Seeds

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.

What To Do In The Garden In October

December

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 September

Seeds

The record breaking temperatures over August bank holiday will have got many people out into the garden and, although autumn is only just around the corner, David Coton can suggest these September jobs.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 29th of August, 2017.

How To Choose Spring Bulbs For Early Colour

Lawn Care

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.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 22nd of August, 2016.

Successful Father's Day Event

Crocus

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.

Why Gardening Is Good For You

Seasonal

Your New Year resolutions may well have included losing weight, getting fit and feeling less stressed. Robert Hall advocates gardening as the ideal way to achieve a healthy mind and body, and there are many people who agree with him.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Thursday, 21st of January, 2016.

Our Top 3 Christmas Flowering Bulbs

Allotment

On Sunday afternoon you can still hear hum of lawnmowers and hedge trimmers. But, if you want flowering bulbs to fill your Christmas with colour and fragrance, David Hall says that you must start planning now.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 20th of October, 2015.

Seasonal Gardening - Be Prepared for Autumn

Christmas Bulbs

Autumn gardening is unfortunately about saying farewell to the warm summer days and Nathan James Dodd has a few suggestions on how best to prepare for winter.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of October, 2015.

How to Choose and Plant a Pear Tree

Garden Furniture

Pear trees are second in popularity only to apples, and are just as suitable if you have a small garden. David Hall explores the best varieties to choose and how to grow these wonderful fruit trees.

Author: David Hall

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