HTA Plant Show 2016

Wildlife

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

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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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

Gardening

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Gardening Really Is Good For You

Plants

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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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

Seeds

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 weeds. Nathan James Dodd considers the options on how to prevent and remove these unwanted intruders.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 1st of June, 2015.

Attracting Butterflies With Buddleia

Plants & Flowers

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 29th of May, 2015.

Lavatera - A Superb Container Grown Shrub

Flowers

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 29th of May, 2015.

The Most Beautiful Clemetis

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.

Hanging Baskets - Now Available!

Laurel

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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of May, 2015.

Roses - Britain's Favourite Plant

Water Butts

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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. Nathan James Dodd considers timber and stone containers and how best to use them.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 11th of May, 2015.

Pruning Trees And Shrubs

Grow Your Own

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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.

A Guide To Common Plant Diseases

Plants

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.

Author: David Hall

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

What To Do In The Garden In October

Leaves

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.

What To Do In The Garden in June

Lawn Care

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 Wednesday, 17th of May, 2017.

January Gardening Jobs

Seeds

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.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Sunday, 1st of January, 2017.

How To Choose Spring Bulbs For Early Colour

Pruning

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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Thursday, 19th of May, 2016.

Best Gardens To Visit In The Spring

Time To Live Rose

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.

December Gardening Jobs

Allotment

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.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Our Top 3 Christmas Flowering Bulbs

Poinsettia

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: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
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.