Browsing category:

Guest post


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[…]

Read More

sn1

  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[…]

Read More

fp1

  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[…]

Read More

Plants with attractive variegated foliage; plants with leaves that are coloured in shades of red, yellow, orange and black. These generally excite our interest. We tend to love all those colours that shout at you, colours so bright and tangy you can almost taste them! With all this eye-candy vying for our attention that colour[…]

Read More

ss1

It is spring and the online catalogues are full of enticing plants; the fresh colours of spring are irresistible. Virtual baskets are loaded full with plants and expectations. Although it may seem strange, this is the ideal time to cast your thoughts forward to high and late summer, even autumn. Continuity of colour in the[…]

Read More

ec1

Along with the dream of the instant, fully-fledged garden is the wish for a garden that is largely maintenance-free. It can be satisfying to have a bed that can largely be left to its own devices, except for weeding, and to just see what happens. Here is a suggestion for a planting that has well-behaved[…]

Read More

cac1

Many of us, and perhaps especially children, are attracted by these exotic plants. They are often extremely cheap to buy. Many are miniature with a self-composed air and the charm of small ornaments; though they can shed alarming amounts of gravel on the carpets!  Having bought the first plant, or received it as a gift,[…]

Read More