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…

A total garden for your balcony

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the problem of wanting a luscious, green garden and having your dreams dampened by your lack of space. It’s an all too common issue, especially if you live in urban areas – which many of you do! City gardening is oh so popular at the minute, and…

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…

From rural to urban I go

Transitioning from a rural garden to an urban garden may seem like a mammoth task, but with the right planning it can be executed without stress (or too much of it, anyway!) Guest blogger Ellen Mary has been a lover of plants from a young age, growing up in Norfolk surrounded by plants in her…

Who’s your favourite hot fictional gardener?

From Jon Snow to Harvey Specter, we’ve all had a little bit of a crush on a TV or film character. But what about the gardeners of the silver screen? It’s safe to say there are a few who would send a shiver up one’s Rubus cockburnianus. In this post, I talk about who’s on my…

The top 5 floral book covers

Thanks to the popularity of my floral album covers post, I’ve decided to put together a post dedicated to floral book covers. This is my homage to the literary world and the designers who use flowers as their inspiration. Some of these covers are special editions, some are originals, but all are really striking in…

Alex Mungall, Melbourne, Australia: The heat is on!

Alex Mungall’s garden is situated in sizzling Melbourne, where the hottest temperature in recent years was 46.4 degrees Celsius in 2009! Alex moved to Australia from Britain and, despite the heat, manages to grow some excellent plants, including some delicious edibles. His garden sits on a slope and consists of clay covered with a layer…

Cure your critter crisis with kitchen cupboard ingredients

Have a pest problem but don’t want to use harmful chemicals or other inhumane methods? Earlier this week on ITV, I talked about eco friendly pest control tips to help you protect your garden with common ingredients found in your kitchen and home. See how many of these techniques you can apply to your garden!…

Getting behind the scenes in the flower industry

Have you ever wondered how and where we choose the plants you grow in your gardens at home? The Flower Trials in Holland and Germany are the most important few days in the horticultural trade calendar year, and buyers and retailers flock from around the globe to see what’s hot and what’s not! During the…

Geoff Stonebanks, Sussex, UK: Chalet garden by the shore

Geoff Stonebank’s coastal garden, aptly named Driftwood, sits between Brighton and Eastbourne. Geoff opens the garden to the public yearly and raises money for charity (over £95k in the past nine years!). Driftwood is a triangular shape, measuring 100ft in length, 40ft at its widest width and 20ft at its narrowest. The ground is mostly…

Why should I replace my lawnmower?

Lawnmowers are trusty, handy, reliable things which we can often take for granted. Much of the time, they’re inherited – you might have held on to your dad’s old mower that he begrudgingly lent to you when you moved out, and never got back. And so your mower finally starts to look as if it’s…

Rock that festival look outdoors this summer

Don’t fancy risking the English weather at one of the summer festivals? Then why not create your own festival in your outdoor space? Accessorise and choose the right plants to create your own relaxing chill out zone.   Props and plants to create that festival garden look   For borders, choose open, airy plants such…