My hot shots for the 2017 RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition!

Here’s my guide to some of the most exciting and innovative new plants that will be vying for the coveted title of Plant of the Year’ at next week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Over the weekend, provided they look good enough, around 35 shiny new plants will be delivered to a closed room at the…

Check out the new kids on the block by Tesselaar Plants

With so many plant breeders, hunters and enthusiasts in action around the world, it’s no wonder there are so many new plants introduced each year. Tesselaar Plants trial each of their potential new plants rigorously, and in many locations around the world, so any new plant from them can quickly become a worldwide sensation! Here are 3 of…

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: Patio Penstemon ‘Pentastic’

Every so often, a plant comes along that changes the way us plant geeks think… Penstemon ‘Pentastic’ is one such plant. In fact, I have even dubbed it the ‘patio penstemon’. Plants are short, branching and flower for months on end. They aren’t just a plant for using in cottage garden borders anymore, something has changed!…

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,…