An Oxford botanist’s top 10 most fascinating plants

There are unusual plants to be found the world over… And many of these unusual plants are hidden in the deepest reaches of the earth’s rich wilderness. Dr Chris Thorogood, Head of Science and Public Engagement at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, has a special interest in the speciation of parasitic…

10 variegated plants that will make you look twice!

Variegation is a word you often here muttered in the gardening world. But, what is it really? Well, a ‘variegated leaf’ has differently coloured zones on its surface. This colouring can sometimes occur on the stems too. Variegated leaves occur spontaneously in nature, and can sometimes be selected and propagated from. They are extremely sought after…

Winter garden star Sarcococca ‘Winter Gem’: Plant of the Month

The winter garden just isn’t complete without the lean mean perfume machine that is Sarcococca! Also known as Sweet Box (a name which is much easier on the tongue!) this fantastic evergreen shrub is easy to grow, versatile and one of very few winter fragrances for the garden. It’s a crime that most gardens don’t…

5 amazing bonsai trees to give a zen garden feel!

Zen gardens and bonsai are always a big favourite. Bonsai trees, in particular, have the ability to bring one into a zen-like state with just a gaze. As Mr. Miyagi knows, they go great in any zen garden, as they bring a peaceful vibe into the surrounding landscape.  Cultivation of bonsai trees is a long…

Plant of the Month: the easy care plant Delosperma

Is there truly a plant that will look after itself? A plant that you won’t have to worry about when you go off on holiday? An easy care plant that will save you pounds in those ‘thank you for watering my plant’ gifts.. The answer is yes, and it’s a plant so tough that it…