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The Jungle effect in our gardens can take our minds away to foreign climes and less stressful times in our lives when perhaps we have been on our holidays.  The extremely architectural leaves of banana plants are ideal to create this effect.  These plants are only enhanced by rainfall on the leaves like a tropical[…]

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Your local garden centres and DIY outlets are full of all kinds of composts, but what do they contain and are they fit for purpose? They are often cheap but will they provide the results that the professional nurserymen can achieve with the blends available to them that provide optimal conditions for the plants? Often[…]

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  Some plants emit their fragrance at night. These fragrances are generally intense, even memorable, in the darkness adding both simplicity and mystery to the experience. In practical terms the main night-pollinators in the UK are moths. These insects are attracted by scent at the ‘sweet’ end of the fragrance spectrum. The ‘night-time plants’ therefore[…]

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‘Summertime and the living is easy’ and stylish, and luxurious.So now that the weather has thankfully taken a turn for the sunnier, it’s time to take all that entertaining and partying (and even just plain old relaxing) that we do so well outside. The rise in open-air entertaining has been one of the key UK[…]

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The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BALI Registered members to design and build a show garden, with support from horticulture and landscape students, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (3-8 July). BALI, through its education and careers initiative GoLandscape, is once again working[…]

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TV presenter Julia Bradbury will be joining the Celebrity Theatre line-up this year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, it has been announced. This will be the first time that the popular BBC Countryfile presenter has appeared at the event, which takes place from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 July and is the[…]

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The Great Outdoors by Phil Hirst wins ‘Best Show Garden’ The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has today awarded medals to the five show gardens featuring at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, partnered by Wedgwood. One Gold medal was awarded to ‘The Great Outdoors’ garden by Phil Hirst. Three Silver Gilt medals were awarded to the[…]

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  As a change from pots that brim with colourful, generally annual plants, your display could include or indeed consist of, containers with plants that are grown primarily for their foliage interest. These plants generally flower, giving a few weeks of extra beauty, however they are mostly grown for the pleasure of enjoying their long-lasting[…]

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