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…

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,…

Is Iris-mania about to sweep the nation? Here are 5 of the best!

If anyone ever asks me my favourite flower (which is my least favourite question..), I usually mumble Iris. But, I think it actually IS my favourite. I have fond memories of painting an Iris on a stone for my Nana when I was at school. I also used to marvel over her Bearded Iris patch,…

5 of the most fascinating Petunias for your garden!

Two years ago, just one plant changed the way the world looks at Petunias. That plant managed to draw the attention of regular plant buyers as well as the occasional ‘let’s have a basket outside this summer’ buyers. That Petunia is first up in my top five! And, I dare you not to grow some.. (Click on…

5 of the coolest plants in the new Thompson & Morgan catalogue!

Having spent much of my working life at Thompson and Morgan, the largest mail order plant company in the UK, I couldn’t help but go total plant geek when I received their latest catalogue. It was a particularly poignant moment, as the catalogue includes some of the varieties that I was working on prior to my departure. In this article,…

5 unusual things at the IPM Essen trade show for plants

Trade shows are often the first opportunity that a company has to show off an idea and get some feedback, whether good or bad! The gardening industry is constantly reviewing fresh innovations, in order to recruit new plant nuts around the world! Here are the 5 most eye-catching things seen at the recent IPM Essen trade show in…

How your 2017 garden could look: the guide to the latest trends in gardening

I have been asked to look at some gardening predictions for 2017 by one of the world’s biggest tool manufacturers, EGO Power Plus. So… I’ve dusted down my crystal ball and I’m going to take you on a journey into a garden that is more environmentally conscious, yet easier to maintain.. and with a few cutting edge technology…

Discovering the pumpkins and scarecrows of New York Botanical Garden

I was super excited to receive a direct message on Instagram from the New York Botanical Garden earlier this week, inviting me to an exclusive evening with Ray Villafane, pumpkin carver and scarecrow extraordinaire!  Ray is an American artist now based in Arizona, who specializes in sculpting. He is most famously known for his 3-D Style pumpkin…

Hidden horticulture: the plant centre down an alleyway

Next time you’re in London, get yourself onto the Bakerloo line and alight at Warwick Avenue, because I’ve got a surprise for you.. and it’s the most special example of ‘hidden horticulture’!             Welcome to Clifton Nurseries. This plant-soaked paradise has been nestling behind the Victorian homes of Little Venice since 1851. We…