5 plants that tick all the wildlife boxes

There’s no denying the satisfaction you get when you see furry and winged friends visiting your garden to pollinate, eat and even just to frolic in your bird baths or wildlife hideaways. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that you’ve provided an environment where our wonderful wild animals feel safe. However, there’s also no denying that…

How to re-flower a Christmas cactus

Have you treated yourself to a Christmas Cactus? Or maybe a loved one has gifted it to you, and you’re not quite sure how to re-flower those colourful blooms? In this post, I’ll help you understand more about this fun and festive cactus, also known as Schlumbergera, and how to re-flower it. Flowering from late November…

DIY: Wreath-making with your garden clippings

Wreath-making may seem slightly intimidating, especially if you are starting from nothing but raw materials, but it isn’t that difficult. If you can make a circle and have a little patience, you will surprise yourself with the results.  Gathering materials The only gardening tool you will need is a good pruner. Start by checking your…

What’s next for houseplants in 2020?

It’s no surprise that the houseplant market is flourishing. The RHS reported a 50% rise in houseplant sales in the last year, meaning that the trend for decorating our homes with greenery isn’t going away anytime soon. The world of houseplants hasn’t been without its trends: at first it was cacti and succulents, then the…

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…