Geoff Stonebanks, Sussex, UK: Chalet garden by the shore

Geoff Stonebank’s coastal garden, aptly named Driftwood, sits between Brighton and Eastbourne. Geoff opens the garden to the public yearly and raises money for charity (over £95k in the past nine years!). Driftwood is a triangular shape, measuring 100ft in length, 40ft at its widest width and 20ft at its narrowest. The ground is mostly…

Why should I replace my lawnmower? *PLUS Win a Lawnmower!*

Lawnmowers are trusty, handy, reliable things which we can often take for granted. Much of the time, they’re inherited – you might have held on to your dad’s old mower that he begrudgingly lent to you when you moved out, and never got back. And so your mower finally starts to look as if it’s…

Rock that festival look outdoors this summer

Don’t fancy risking the English weather at one of the summer festivals? Then why not create your own festival in your outdoor space? Accessorise and choose the right plants to create your own relaxing chill out zone.   Props and plants to create that festival garden look   For borders, choose open, airy plants such…

The infinite possibilities of balcony gardening

You can create a garden in the smallest of spaces these days, thanks to the latest technology and plant choices. From flowers to vegetables and herbs, which will be super useful in the kitchen.  What you need to optimise your small space garden The new VegTrug is the best way to jump right to…

Upgrade your coffee choice – and try out some iced coffee too!

Right now, you probably just reach for whatever coffee brand is on the supermarket shelf or in the chiller, even though it’s not that great.. I know how it can be, you’re used to the brand, and don’t want to risk trying anything else.. However, why not think out of the box when it comes…

Find out more about growing chillies!

Ever wondered about growing chillies? Horticultural ‘Obbit talks about the learning curve of growing this spicy fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) and the joy of experimentation.  Growing chillies in Britain You can grow most things in Blighty. Even chillies. Hot ones, at that. The very first seeds that I had ever sown, were chili seeds. I…

6 small-space veg garden hacks

With more and more people, and less space every day, it can be difficult to build a space to nurture your passion for urban gardening. However, if you are restricted in terms of space, there are a few ways to make the most of what you have! Garden writer (and urban gardener) Alice Whitehead is…

7 flowers to give that Royal Wedding look in your gardens

The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle wowed the world with a front entrance bedecked in white flowers and leafy green foliage, as Meghan and her bridesmaids grasped the most beautiful flower bouquets in pure white. With such a high profile event, watched by 18 million Britons, there are bound…

Geraniums – think outside the (window) box!

Want to know more about the Geraniums at the Door exhibition happening this month? Then read on! The UK’s love affair with Geraniums Every year UK gardeners plant an estimated 40 million geraniums. This ubiquitous bedding plant is hotter than ever. Traditionally, it’s always been THE plant of choice for urban and country window boxes…

Bob Gabella, Villa Park, Illinois: a many-seasoned garden

Bob Gabella‘s garden is situated in Villa Park, Illinois. Having spent the bulk of his life in the Horticulture industry, and having nurtured his interest in plants from a young age, Bob has honed his self-dubbed ‘haven from the world’ in spite of the hugely varying seasonal weather.  His garden is 0.5 acres in size,…

Win an ‘Instant Garden’ with Mr Plant Geek

It’s Mr Plant Geek’s 2nd birthday today, and to celebrate the launch of my brand new SHOP, I’m hosting a competition with a prize of a whopping BUMPER PACK of 54 perennial plants from Suttons – in total worth over £100. All about this prize Win your very own ‘Instant Garden’, consisting of 54 x 9cm…

Jennifer Christie, Atlanta, Georgia: A heavenly habitat

Today’s Backyards of the World feature comes all the way from the US. Jennifer Christie’s garden is a haven for local wildlife, thanks to her dedication to creating a harmonious environment away from the hustle and bustle. Consisting of solid clay and resting on granite, Jennifer’s garden is 1.25 acres in size. 1. Please tell…