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Begonias have been voted a plant favourite in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual People’s Choice Awards. Visitors to RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey were asked to vote for their favourite from 84 new varieties trialled over the summer, with the basket and bedding classic securing the top two spots. The pink-frilled petals and lemony[…]

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Pansies are a key ingredient of our autumn, winter and spring garden displays, whether it be in containers or borders.  Their bright, happy blooms add colour at a time when few other plants are in flower. Below are a handful of varieties that I would recommend from the online catalogues for this season.   Pansy[…]

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  The collections below have been put together by the expert eye of presenter and writer Sarah Raven, taking the guesswork out of putting together your own combinations for your winter/spring containers.  The colours have been mixed as if by an artist and all the plants have been tested previously in Sarah’s garden at Perch[…]

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Primulas are a fairly large family of mainly hardy perennials.  Here we talk about the Primroses and Polyanthus that are so popular in our winter and spring bedding displays in our borders and containers.  They are fully hardy and come in a massive range of colours and forms.  They are available in both mixed colours[…]

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Watering plants manually during dry spells is time-consuming as they should be “deep-watered” so the water penetrates to the roots, but is essential to keep them alive and well. Wafting water over the foliage of a plant may make you feel virtuous, but does nothing for the plants! Plants that have been in the garden[…]

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Nemasys natural fruit and veg protection nematodes are a marvellous way to treat pests in your fruit and vegetable garden. They are safe for food crops, suitable for organic crops and will not harm pets, children, wildlife or bees.  It involves introducing pathogenic nematodes which are natural enemies of many of our dreaded garden pests[…]

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Thompson & Morgan and RHS Garden Hyde Hall team up for a ‘Floral Fantasia’ this summer   Thompson & Morgan and RHS Garden Hyde Hall team up to create a fabulous garden for an event this summer, aptly named Floral Fantasia. Thompson & Morgan is transforming an area of the well-known RHS site near Chelmsford[…]

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