Plant of the Month: the new Urban Clematis ‘Taiga’

We can always rely on Japanese plant breeders to bring us amazing plants, and ‘Taiga’ is a perfect example of their skills with the small and beautiful. ‘Taiga’ is a compact Clematis with intricate cool blue and green flowers. Here’s the story of how this beauty went from  small Japanese backyard to the garden centre benches…

Bernadeta Czaniecka, Bielsko-Biala, Poland: just like a show garden

Bernadeta Czaniecka lives in Bielsko-Biała- which offers the perfect location between forest and mountains. This micro climate has given Bernadeta some real gardening magic! Despite raising 4 children, she has also worked tirelessly on her garden over 20 years. 1. Please tell us who you are, where you live and what you do for a living. Hello, I…

Elaine Everton, West Midlands, UK: Welcoming all gnomes!

Elaine and Roy Everton are from Pelsall in the West Midlands and are both retired. Their garden is split into 3 sections: an oriental garden, a fairy and gnome garden, and finally a work and play area for their granddaughter. The garden is 60ft long and 22ft wide, and the soil is normal. 1. Why is it important for you to…

Plant-hunting in a day!

Just a little trip to the continent can unearth some pretty cool new developments in the plant world- here’s a quick picture guide to just a small part of what’s coming through…!

Do you use “stitching plants” in your garden…?

Let’s be honest here, establishing a border takes time and a little bit of patience, of which I have neither! So, I’m always looking for shortcuts… and there’s where ‘stitching plants’ come in to play. They’re the cool dudes of the border; growing swiftly, and just seeping into those gaps not yet filled by the big…