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.
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.
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.
Nathan James Dodd 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.
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.
With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.
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.
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.
At this time of the year everything in the garden should be flourishing, including weeds. Nathan James Dodd considers the options on how to prevent and remove these unwanted intruders.
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.
Of the many pleasures found in gardening, none is probably greater than encouraging wildlife. Interesting to observe and vital for pollination, insects can be fascinating and, in the case of the butterfly, beautiful visitors. As Nathan James Dodd explains, one plant - the Buddleia - is superb at attracting these wonderful creatures.
Container grown shrubs can be planted throughout most of the year. The choice is huge and, for Nathan James Dodd, Lavatera is a particular favourite.
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.
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.
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.
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. Nathan James Dodd explains their enduring appeal and how to ensure a summer long display.
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. Nathan James Dodd considers timber and stone containers and how best to use them.
Nathan James Dodd waits for the leaves to fall from the trees before pruning, as winter is the best time of the year to prune shrubs and trees using clean sharp secateurs and loppers.
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.
It’s always disappointing when your carefully tended plants fall victim to a mystery ailment. But this needn’t result in its demise as David Hall finds out. Firstly identify the complaint, treat it and then eliminate the cause.
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.
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.
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.
Although the days are short and the weather generally overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs that can occupy the shortening days.
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.
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.
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.