This gardening product will actually make you want to clean

Keeping your outdoor space clean and tidy won’t just make your garden sparkle, but it’ll also keep pests and disease at bay. However, maintaining a happy and healthy garden isn’t always easy. Who wants to spend weekends on their knees scrubbing patios, balancing on ladders, or dragging your old knackered pressure washer out of the…

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…

7 insects you’ve been loving in summer 2018

Last month, I asked you on Facebook and Twitter what your favourite summer insects have been this year – and you came back with some truly fabulous specimens. A couple of you even sent in photos of sleeping foxes and curious frogs! As a plant geek, it’s in my interest to promote the welfare of…

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…

Top 7 foolproof allotment plants

It’s National Allotment Week! From 13th to 19th August, the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will encourage allotments to open their gates, allowing more people to get involved in the wonderful world of growing-your-own. To celebrate, Kirsty of My Little Allotment is sharing her top seven foolproof allotment plants with us. Kirsty started…

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…

Win 1 of 5 PlantGrow Natural Fertiliser packages

You might have read about PlantGrow, gardening’s new natural phenomenon, in a previous article from me – but how about the chance to win it? I’m giving away five sets of PlantGrow‘s amazing organic fertiliser – the perfect friend to your garden, and to wildlife, pets and children. PlantGrow is made from 100% plants through…

It’s not too late to take part in the Big Butterfly Count 2018

You might have heard about the council worker who destroyed a butterfly meadow that was being used as part of the Big Butterfly Count this year – well, we don’t know if we’ll ever make that big of a blunder at work, but at least we can be sure to enjoy watching some beautiful winged…

Drag queens and daylilies

A couple of Saturdays ago at the Allen Centennial Garden at University of Wisconsin-Madison, a merging of drag queen culture and horticulture took place! Drag Queens and Daylilies saw queens Lucy von Cucci and Miss Diana working with ACG Staff, Ben Futa (Director) and Elin Meliska (Programs and Community Engagement), to make plants cool and accessible to their…

QVC Show Dates

Want to see me on your tellybox? See below for the dates of my future QVC shows, where I’ll be discussing the latest plants and gardening equipment on the channel, along with demonstrations and tips on how to use everything! All times are Greenwich Mean Time. 07/10/18 Sunday, 10am, Michael Perry’s Garden World 14/10/18 Sunday,…

5 of the biggest plant-care mistakes

Let’s face it, plants, gardening, green stuff… it can all seem a bit intimidating to some! It often seems like you need some secret knowledge to get it right, a skilled hand, green fingers… But, that’s not so! By following a few basic plant care points you can avoid some of the usual mistakes! I’ve…