Winter garden star Sarcococca ‘Winter Gem’: Plant of the Month

The winter garden just isn’t complete without the lean mean perfume machine that is Sarcococca! Also known as Sweet Box (a name which is much easier on the tongue!) this fantastic evergreen shrub is easy to grow, versatile and one of very few winter fragrances for the garden. It’s a crime that most gardens don’t…

Plant of the Month: the easy care plant Delosperma

Is there truly a plant that will look after itself? A plant that you won’t have to worry about when you go off on holiday? An easy care plant that will save you pounds in those ‘thank you for watering my plant’ gifts.. The answer is yes, and it’s a plant so tough that it…

From moon-planting to knitting: 5 plant-themed books to buy now!

With Christmas on the way, this is a great time to review the hottest horticultural books of the moment! There are titles for everyone; from crafts that beat the winter blues to seasonal snacking and moon planting! Here’s my look at 5 of the hottest books right now! Find even more here. Making Winter by…

Unusual gifts for gin lovers this Christmas!

The popularity of gin is rising and rising, and you’ve no doubt got a few gin lovers on your Christmas shopping list this year! But, there’s only so much gin you can drink (you may disagree!) so why not consider one of these unusual gin-themed gifts? From lip balm to bath salts, make your own…

Four salads and a muffin: some seasonal recipes by Stephanie Hafferty

Why not eat the rainbow and make the most of autumn harvests by transforming them into delicious vegetable-filled salads! Here are 4 brilliant recipes, plus a tasty muffin one using some unusual ingredients! Guest Blogger, Stephanie Hafferty is famed for creating the delicious lunches during Charles Dowding’s gardening courses with affordable, seasonal healthy food . She has…