5 things to consider before designing your garden

Your outdoor space is an extension of your house, and it can become a relaxing haven for outdoor cooking or a space to have fun with your loved ones. It can be daunting to start a green space from nothing, and even worse if you are feeling uninspired. However, irrespective of the size of your…

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…

Summer Show-Off Agapanthus ‘Twister’: Plant of the Month

I perhaps shouldn’t be highlighting this month’s plant to you, because it will create a few headaches around the industry..  Agapanthus ‘Twister’ ‘AMBIC001’  is such a gardener’s favourite that plant producers are finding it difficult to keep up with demand. So when you see it, if you want it, you need to SNAP IT UP. The fancy blooms,…

Beard vs Brawn: The Big Challenge

You’ve see me back on your QVC screens recently, and may have also spotted Tommy, the guy with the power tools. We could not be more different, The Plant Geek and The Tool Nerd. After chatting with Tommy off air, it soon became clear that I’ve got something that he wants, and he’s got (two…

10 green blooms for St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Ireland has had an association with the colour green since the 11th century, and it’s customary to wear a shamrock leaf, green clothing or green accessories on the famous festival day. But, I want to look at how can you celebrate with flowers! Here are 10 unique GREEN blooms! Gladioli ‘Green…

Beating the stigma around gender and gardening

Over the years we have seen a positive shift in the tolerance and perception of gender and sexuality. Now, in 2018 and especially in the UK, either gender are able to express their passions and carry out their hobbies without too much discrimination. This makes a stark contrast to the society we knew thirty, twenty…

How to spot orchids on your lawn

Next time you’re buzzing around your lawn, watch out for bee orchids. These fabulous flowers have developed to look just like a bee, tricking our yellow and black friends into landing on it to mate – when, in fact, the flower is using the bee for pollination. A turf expert with over 35 years’ experience,…

How Plant Evolution Can Help You Become a Better Gardener

You might think that ‘resilience in gardening’ is about being a tough gardener. But, no, I’m talking about resilience from the perspective of the PLANT instead. By understanding how and why plant evolution takes place and how plants have evolved in their natural habitats, you can work to be a better gardener and have more…

The secrets of good garden design

When it comes to your garden, it’s not just the ‘gardening’ part that forms the look of your outdoor paradise. Garden design is important – so get your planning done early to make things a lot easier for you down the line. Lee Burkhill of Garden Ninja Ltd is an RHS Feel Good Gardens Competition…

What exactly do gardeners do in winter?

Winter gardening: think all activity is halted? Think again! Winter gardening isn’t just obsession – it allows us to sit pretty come spring. Arguing this point is Jack Wallington, an RHS qualified garden designer based in Clapham. His self-confessed ‘bordering on obsession’ love of garden design resulted in his South London garden being featured on the…

How autumn became my favourite season of all!

My favourite choice of season used to somewhat predictable… as I’d wistfully recount sunny days, lazing on the beach, enjoying the warm temperatures. But, actually, autumn has slowly crept into my affections, and my skin rather enjoys the crisp, cool ambient temperatures, offset by warm sunbeams. There’s something about that really fresh air that clears the mind…