Plants in Focus: The garland Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride’

The Plant of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is now in it’s 9th year, and the contest has seen some amazing introductions- from tropical hardy Foxgloves to patio Mulberry trees. However, 2018 was the year of the Hydrangea, as ‘Runaway Bride’ clinched the title of Plant of the Year. This new breakthrough…

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,…

What shall we do about unhappy plants? #PlantSOS

With some shops and restaurants being unaware of the correct needs of indoor plants, it’s likely that this current trend could fade out once more. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of very amazing plant lovers who are doing well with their new green world, but those high street stores and restaurants are often…

3 plants that look after themselves!

It’s super important to know you’re growing a plant that will perform. However, you can be utterly sure of that with Tesselaar Plants! I have never known a company run such extensive trials- worldwide- and put so much into their decision to sell a plant to you. This means the plants they release are suitable for…

5 eye-catching bulb combinations by Master-Mixer Harriet Rycroft

Now is the time for planting spring-flowering bulbs into the ground and your patio containers! It can be some much fun, as you can really play with colour and shapes. So, who better to ask about the best combinations than Harriet Rycroft. Harriet is a ‘Master-Mixer’, who has 14 years experience planting up memorable mixes at…

9 fascinating plants from the American state of Utah

I am fresh back from vacation, and eager to look up all the fantastic plants I discovered out in the wild west of Utah! Many of the plants spotted are outside of this plant geek’s knowledge pool, so I needed the help of a fellow plant geek! Step forward the ‘botanical jesus’, Jason Baker, who…

Why I always hate August in the garden- by Ellen Mary

By the time we swing into August, us gardeners are harvesting the fruits of our labour with an abundance of cut flowers, trugs of vegetables and tubs of freshly picked fruit. Then we sit back in the garden, feet up with a tipple and enjoy every moment…right? Not so! Ellen Mary can’t be the only…

Gardening in Florida; An Idiot’s Self Taught Journey

I can see it now…my own little tropical paradise. Birds of paradise, tropical hibiscus, bougainvillea, plumeria. A feeling of a relaxing Caribbean vacation when I step outside my front door. Growing up in the Michigan countryside, so many fantasies were conjured in my mind when I found out I was relocating to beautiful and sunny…

39 amazing new plants in the USA right now!

I have had an a.mazing few days at the Cultivate Show in Columbus, Ohio. This was my first USA trade show visit, and I was overwhelmed by how many people already recognised me, and would throw themselves at me as I walked the aisles. Thank you, America, I love you back. But, right now, let’s…

How to keep your garden happy in hot weather

Are you finding it a struggle to keep your outdoor plants going in the current hot weather?  Here are 3 tips for your containerised plants: 1. Water in the evening, just before bed time. You will find it easier when the temperatures have dropped. Your plants will take up water better overnight. 2. Is something really…

Using the right plants to make gardening easier for yourself

Do you want to know the secret of good gardening? Choose the plants that work for YOU! Too many of us try to force our plants to grow in places that they just don’t enjoy. A fern will never grow in a cactus garden! Nowadays, there’s always a buzz about ‘hacks’ and everyone is trying…

5 of the hottest houseplants right now! Plus, win an indoor plants box!

Houseplants are bang on trend right now! Check out the hashtags #urbanjunglebloggers or #jungalow on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean! Unlike wallpapers and furnishings, you can move them around easier and more often too, transforming your living interior at your every whim! Once treated with indifference in the home, houseplants are now cherished…