9 early predictions on 2019 planting trends

There’s only one place in the UK that you can view over 5000 patio containers, 650 hanging baskets and colourful borders packed with 25,000 plants, and that is Ball Colegrave in Banbury. This is the place where the garden centre buyers and mail order product developers go shopping for new plants and fresh ideas. This…

Enjoy Lilies without the drama with this new invention!

Lilies are much loved, but also much feared, in the eyes of cat lovers. The pollen of real Lilies can be poisonous to cats. Rather than take the risk, most cat lovers have removed all traces of lovely Lilies from their gardens. Likewise, fashionistas often go to great lengths to avoid Lilies for fear of…

Adding personality to your garden

You may not think that jewellery is your thing. But have you ever thought of using it in your outdoor space? Accessorising the garden can add flair and personality. In some cases, it can completely transform your outdoor space, even if you’re on a budget. Now, just to be clear, we aren’t just talking about…

Why Tulip time comes early this year

Tulips are an ever popular spring bulb, and one that really announces the arrival of spring, like the world’s biggest and most colourful carnival, parading around your own back garden! Actually available in EVERY colour of the rainbow, and in a myriad of shapes, sizes and patterns, you just can’t be without them. But, why…

QVC Show Dates

Want to see me on your tellybox? See below for the dates of my future QVC Michael Perry’s Garden World shows, where I’ll be discussing the latest plants and gardening equipment on the QVC channel, along with demonstrations and tips on how to use everything! All times are Greenwich Mean Time. Show date Time Saturday, 5th…

How to look after your garden during a heatwave

Whether you’re making a last ditch effort to revive your slightly sorry looking garden, or you’re prepping for the heatwave ahead, here are a few tips on gardening in hot weather. We may get seriously hot weather (and by hot weather, I mean anything about 25 degrees for us Brits) for around a month every…

How to get the best out of Hydrangeas

Most people know Hydrangeas. Perhaps you remember a Hydrangea plant growing in your grandparents’ garden, or you probably even admire one every day on your way to work. The common Hydrangeas, which we’re used to seeing in the UK, are Hydrangea macrophylla. They have those classical mop-head blooms that look like swimming caps, a rounded…

49 uses for pull cord lighting in the garden and home

Lighting has both decorative and practical uses in the garden and home, whether it’s jazzing up  a summer garden party or navigating a dark loft space. It can look great by day or by night! These new contemporary pull cord light bulbs turn on easily by gently pulling the bulb downwards. There’s also a nifty…

Plants in Focus: The garland Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

The Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now in it’s 9th year, and the contest has seen some amazing introductions- from tropical hardy Foxgloves to patio Mulberry trees. However, 2018 was the year of the Hydrangea, as ‘Runaway Bride’ clinched the title of Plant of the Year. This new breakthrough…

7 flowers to give that Royal Wedding look in your gardens

The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle wowed the world with a front entrance bedecked in white flowers and leafy green foliage, as Meghan and her bridesmaids grasped the most beautiful flower bouquets in pure white. With such a high profile event, watched by 18 million Britons, there are bound…

9 reasons why your outdoor space needs a water feature

Are you all set for summer in your garden this year? I’m sure you’ve got all your plants potted on, your hanging baskets filled, your lawn trimmed and looking sharp, but how about that finishing touch..? Well, I wonder if you’ve ever considered a water feature? Here are 9 reasons why I think a water…

5 Hidden Gardening Gems on QVC

Online shopping for gardening products can mean (almost) gardening from your armchair. The convenience of having hefty, messy items delivered right to your door, such as compost, can be really quite tempting. The quality of suppliers and curation of the range can also mean access to some of the best brands at prices more competitive…