25 inspiring urban gardening ideas

Small garden? You’re not alone. With the population growing and available space shrinking, many of us see a small garden as the new standard. In fact around two million British homes don’t have a garden at all, which makes a love of plants and gardening even tougher! However, whether you’ve got a petite patio area,…

10 plants for beginners

Plant Geeks have to begin somewhere before we get to the level of Fiddle Leaf Fig whisperer. We’re not all born with green thumbs. So if you’re hoping to test out your plant care skills and want to purchase one of your first plants, there’s no time like the present!   I’ve put together a…

Vegetables you can grow yourself from kitchen scraps

Do you use your kitchen scraps in your garden? Guest blogger Mari tells us how to grow plants using discarded foodstuffs. Originally from The Netherlands but currently living in sunny Spain, Mari has made it a mission to cover her balcony with succulents. When she’s not tending to her houseplants she writes for You Had Me…

What makes Sedum Atlantis so awesome?

You might have heard of Sedum Atlantis – after all, it won Plant of the Year at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (listen to the CFS Plant Based Podcast special here)! But what exactly makes it an awesome, prize-winning plant? Its looks Sedum Atlantis is a pretty attractive plant, with a fascinating combination of colours….

Siberian succulents: hot plants for cold weather

Everyone is spending a lot of time talking about succulents these days. Even teenagers are starting to install them in their bedrooms. Succulents are a good choice because they’re very easy to grow, needing hardly any water, because they store it all in their fleshy leaves. However, those succulents for indoors aren’t really suitable to…

5 tips for ‘brown thumbs’

Tahío Avila is an Architect and Landscape Designer who spends her time transforming gardens using beautiful, low-maintenance plants through her company Fresh Lemonade Gardens. Here, she guests posts about plant care for beginners. We all have had troubles keeping our plants alive; this is a very common thing. Maybe your best friend has always told…

Coffee-quenched mushrooms on your kitchen counter

Did you know that you can grow your own mushrooms? Yes, these tasty funghi are a satisfying addition to your homegrown produce list. They require only a little bit of maintenance and reach full growth after four to six weeks. Great for those with waning patience! However, if you still find that you can’t wait…

The secret of ground cover plants

Ground cover plants do exactly as they say – they cover the ground. The main reason you would want these types of plants in your garden is to make it really hard for weeds to grow. Ground cover plants help to prevent weed germination, meaning one less job on your garden to-do list.   Ground…

The plants we kill along the way

Some of us are plant serial killers, some of us haven’t killed a plant in over five years – but we’ve all killed one. Jane Perrone is the host of houseplant podcast On The Ledge and a freelance garden writer. In this guest blog post, she talks about killing off plants, learning from mistakes and…

Is xeric landscaping the answer to your dry garden woes?

If you find it hard to maintain your dry garden, xeric landscaping, or ‘xeriscaping’, could be the gardening concept for you. But what exactly is it? What is xeriscaping? Xeriscaping comes from the Greek xeros meaning ‘dry’, merged with the word ‘landscaping’. It’s a style of garden landscaping which is tailored to dry areas – whether…

5 lucky plants to invite health and prosperity

People buy plants for many reasons and it’s not just because they bring a certain aesthetic to a room. Plants can bring a lot of meaning to people. Certain species are said to be lucky and attract positive energy, improve health and wealth. Of course, there’s no harm in cultivating plants that are thought to…

Plant-based foods to eat for Veganuary 2019

Going vegan is easier than you think – it just requires making a few conscious decisions about the way you eat and live. If you’re going vegan for Veganuary, you might be wondering what kinds of food you’re able to eat. I’m going to start you off with five delicious and highly nutritious plant-based foods…