A surprise gem in the heart of the Norfolk countryside

Guest blogger, Clean Living Clare has been to visit this fantastic garden, built by the colourful Alan Gray. The garden is divided into ‘rooms’, and is stuffed with tonnes of unusual and rare plants! East Ruston Vicarage Garden is nestled in Norfolk Countryside, just a couple of miles from the coast, so close that you can actually see the gorgeous…

Make your mark with colours in the garden

Colour is so important. We spend hours deliberating over the colour of our new car purchase. We enjoy the experience of being served- and devouring- colourful foods. We fill our gardens and window boxes with brightly coloured flowers and glossy foliage. We also spend a lot of time deciding on which colours to paint the…

5 black things for you to try in the garden

‘Do black flowers really exist?’ It’s one of those recurring arguments in the gardening world, as people rightly exclaim that black does NOT exist. However, we have deep, deep purples and maroons to keep us satisfied. Many of us become obsessed with black flowers, in fact author Karen Platt has been able to hunt down thousands during…

My collaboration with Bloombox club- the plant subscription service!

Hands up if you’re guilty of leaving pots and containers empty, or full of decaying plants, as the seasons change in your outdoor space… Well, now there’s a quarterly subscription box service which can keep your outdoor space looking colourful, but with the very minimum of gardening knowhow, and Mr Plant Geek fans can get 30%…

Dreams can come true at the Keukenhof bulb garden!

I have to keep reminding myself of how lucky I am to do the job that I do. When my social media followers heard that I was visiting the Keukenhof bulb gardens in Holland, many people said it was on their bucket list, or they had always dreamt of visiting! So, I really hope that my articles and…

Introducing people-proof plants (Part One)

Hmm, a few of my Facebook fans got me thinking the other day. There are lots of listings and advice for slug-proof plants, rabbit-proof plants, and so on. But, how about PEOPLE-proof plants. Plants that don’t fail, even when you and your garden do.. I have used my experience and knowledge to choose 10 plants that I…

Where the Flamingoes and Frangipani mingle

I’m (happily) based in Florida for a few weeks, whilst I present for USA channel, HSN. Whilst I’m here, I have TOTALLY fallen in love with St Petersburg. This charming city is chilled out, has just the right balance of alternative, plus it’s a botanics wet dream!! Today I finally got to somewhere that everyone had been recommending to…

Plant of the Week: Delphinium ‘Flamenco’

Delphiniums? What do you think of them? They can be lovely, yet so delicate! Their tall stature and gently arranged blossoms can often mean they succumb to any wind! Well, ‘Flamenco’ is 200% more sexy than any Delphinium you’ve seen before, and I’ll tell you why.. ‘Flamenco’ is part of the Highlander Series, and is…

Fragrance so good you can bottle it: a guide to Tesselaar plants

The wonderful world of flowers! I love watching how people instinctively sniff a bouquet of flowers, as if they’re always expecting perfume. Well, if you choose the right specimens for your garden, you can always have the very best perfume, and it’s supplied in a bottomless atomiser! Call it an all-you-can-sniff deal if you like!…

Plant of the Week: Phlox ‘Popstars’

Can something so delicate be easy to grow…? When it comes to ‘Popstars’, the answer is YES! This Phlox is small and perfectly formed, with sparkly blossoms all summer! You may know Phlox as a tall border plant which often succumbs to dusty mildew.. However, that’s the perennial form, Phlox paniculata. ‘Popstars’ is actually an annual, and…

Plant of the Week: PINK Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’

Each week I will be sharing some of my favourite plants and flowers with you, to help give you some new ideas for things to try in your own garden. They’ll always be fresh, new, exclusive, better growing, longer flowering, guaranteed-to-grow plants. So, let’s get things started around here! Strawberry ‘Just Add Cream’ Everyone loves strawberries,…