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,…

What is Barakura style gardening?

Forget everything you know about planting. This is “Barakura style”! In shorthand, this is horticultural freedom, this is flower arranging but with REAL plants! The Barakura style gives immediate enjoyment, and is designed as a container installation! You’ll be mixing the plants of your wildest dreams, in a density that gives impact from day one….

Plant of the month: Agastache ‘Crazy Fortune’

Being a good gardener is often about being observant. Spotting the first signs of pest attack to following initiative when it comes to potting on young seedlings, your eyes often your best gardening tool! That’s also often the case when it comes to breeding brand new plants.. sometimes a new creation is not intended, but…

Can potatoes grow on the Moon?

What do you picture when you think about the Moon? A big chunk of rock, orbiting Earth, devoid of oxygen and therefore life? Well, that’s not exactly accurate, because life could flourish on that chunk of rock – and I don’t mean little green people running around with big, black eyes and bald, artichoke-shaped heads……

Plant of the month: More than meets the eye with Veronica

Sometimes, it’s not only the appearance of a look that people want to improve. It’s also about how the plant might grow, and how efficient the production is. Space and speed are important elements when it comes to great factories of plants that feed our gardens. Like any other industry, it’s got to be efficient!…

Countryside cocktails

We all know about that foraging for food can uncover some interesting finds, from elderflower to funghi. But what about foraging for cocktail ingredients? Producers are calling ‘countryside cocktails’ the new experience in the drink industry. Consumers are bored with the same old cocktails being placed under their seasoned noses – they want something new!…

Behind the scenes of a Chinese flower shop

Whilst I’ve been spending time in Shenzhen, China, I’ve been buying lots of house plants for our apartment. One of the spots that I’ve been coming back to time and time again is a small shop in the expat area called iFlower. I was very lucky to get the chance to interview Julie, who set…

The glamorous history of Tulips

What do you know about the history of Tulips? Perhaps you know that Tulip is the national flower of the Netherlands? Maybe the fact that there are THOUSANDS of registered varieties (including one that I named)? Well there’s even more to this amazing bulb, and a lot of the really interesting stuff happened centuries ago……

Plant your own Persian Carpet with Ajuga ‘Princess Nadia’

Have we reached peak Heuchera? This is a question I often ask myself, the same as with Hosta. With a mind-boggling amount of those plants available world-wide, I’ve been wondering which multi-coloured plant could be your grabbing our attention next? The answer lies with the baby sister of an english native. And, heck, she’s already…

Help Blue Cross Suffolk build a sensory garden

The Blue Cross do so much for animals in my native county of Suffolk – and they need help this summer to build a sensory garden! This is really exciting stuff for the dogs at the centre on Bourne Hill in Wherstead, as it will keep them stimulated while they wait for their forever homes….

The Plant Based Podcast series 2 launches today!

Have you heard? Series two of The Plant Based Podcast is going live today, 28th July 2019! Ellen and I have some unique interviews lined up for you this season, from advice on aquascaping from Scaped Nature, to learning about plant based drinks with Botanic Lab. As usual, we’ve scoured the country for people and…

Plant of the month: The new Box doppelgänger!

Box has been our ‘garden luvvie’ for many years, a familiar green-leaved shrub often wheeled out to impress the neighbours. To give that air of horticultural opulence. To containerise borders. To assure all year round display of colour. But, many years ago, Box as we know it, ran into a few problems…   Box blight…