Plant of the month: Thuja ‘Totem Smaragd’

Do you dare to grow a conifer in your garden! Your first impression might be that they are invasive/boring/unruly* delete as appropriate here! However, times have changed, and conifers can be handsome, graceful and dare we say, sexy… Conifers could even be part of the next big trend… they’ve got colour, form, longevity, plus they’re…

The Happy Dog Cookbook’s plant based treats

When you were little, your parents probably told you to eat your veggies, with the promise that you’d grow up to be strong. As humans, eating vegetables is important for us as it provides us with the nutrients our body needs to function, and some of these nutrients can’t be obtained from eating only meat….

3 weird & wacky plants to grow and eat

There are plenty of Weird and Wacky Plants across the world (as I’ve talked about in this blog post), but did you know that you really don’t have to venture far to experience the best of what the plant world has to offer? There are even Weird & Wacky Plants that you can grow at…

5 very easy steps to making a pumpkin vase

We’ve seen many fantastic ways to display pumpkins, from mesmerising 3D carvings to spray painting. But there’s still so much room for creativity with this orange squash – like a pumpkin vase! Guest blogger Lily Hall has worked within the incredible world of floral design for four years, and is currently studying a BA Hons…

The new Mr Plant Geek Shop t-shirt to add to your plant-drobe

Earlier this year, the Mr Plant Geek Shop had new drops from the Rude Botany range, a long-awaited Virtual Garden addition, and brand new mugs and accessories. Now, it’s time for something a little different – a stunning Orchid design! Us Plant Geeks love to wear our favourite plants with pride! The Orchid t-shirt This…

Plant of the month: Lavender ‘Phenomenal’

Lloyd Traven, President of Peace Tree Farm in Pennsylvania, writes for the Mr Plant Geek blog about how my ‘Plant of the Month’, Lavender ‘Phenomenal’, was developed and what makes it different. “We had a large number of cuttings from a field that were literally melting overnight (30,000), but there was a tiny little patch…

9 inspiring gardening take-homes from Canada

Travel is one of the best ways to gain knowledge and inspiration. From cultures, to food, to people, there’s always something new waiting at the end of a plane journey – even new gardening styles!   I travelled to Canada earlier this month. In a country where the weather is so extreme, you wouldn’t think…

What is indirect light for houseplants?

Welcome to my WTF Gardening series, where I take common gardening terms and explain them for those who are new to the world of plants. Today’s post is all about positioning houseplants in indirect light. If you’ve ever seen plant care advice on a label, you’ve probably seen a very simple note about plant light,…

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……