Why everyone should grow Stapelia plants

How much do you know about Stapelias? Known as the ‘starfish flower’, there is much more to Stapelias than meets the eye – namely, that which meets the nose! Grant Meyer, tends to his fantastic garden in the warm climes of Arizona. He boasts an enviable collection of succulents, and is often spotted decorating his…

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…

Announcing representation of Fleurizon and their exotic plant lines

I have always loved the range of unique plants that Californian Fleurizon offer to the wholesale trade, so it makes me very pleased to announce my working relationship with Frank de Greef, President of the company, as first published in Floral Daily news. The stimulating range comprises 1000’s of plant lines from succulents to exotic bulbs, unique…

The RHS Urban Garden Show: the plant show for everyone

From the moment I entered the Lindley Hall today, I knew something was different. This was an RHS London Show, but it wasn’t just any show. The display stalls were set at jaunty angles, there were no trestle tables- just chipboard on rock cages, some plants hung upside down, moss was dripping from shelves, and cacti and succulents were…

New Cactus Shop: searching for the Prick in London

Before you all hit the ‘report abuse’ button, wait! Prick is the actual name of a real life Cactus shop, and it’s a damn cool place at that. Prick London is the brainchild of the lovely Gynelle. It is (possibly) London’s first cactus shop, and is located on the Kingsland Road, in the heart of so called ‘hipster land’. I visited…

Bernadeta Czaniecka, Bielsko-Biala, Poland: just like a show garden

Bernadeta Czaniecka lives in Bielsko-Biała- which offers the perfect location between forest and mountains. This micro climate has given Bernadeta some real gardening magic! Despite raising 4 children, she has also worked tirelessly on her garden over 20 years. 1. Please tell us who you are, where you live and what you do for a living. Hello, I…

Houseplant memories with my Nana

I have some really fond memories of my Nana and Granddad’s windowsills, which were always crammed with houseplants in all shapes and sizes. There simply wasn’t any space left for non-living ornaments! ONE. Hoya carnosa (Wax plant). My Nana used to grow Hoya carnosa on a hoop, twining it’s eager stems round and round, and tucking…

Johnnie Amos, Flore, Northants, UK: Surprisingly low maintenance!

Johnny Amos is a horticulturist and botanist who designs gardens, including his own, in Northamptonshire, in the chocolate-box style village of Flore. He is also a regular BBC gardening presenter, and keeps himself busy with activities as a counsellor and councillor! His garden is The Old Bakery, which has been created by Jonny over the…

Plants of my childhood

I have been growing plants since I was just 5 years old! My obsession started early. I have so many memories of gardening with my Nana and Granddad in their garden. I also sneaked lots of plants home, soon taking over my parents garden, and denying my father the ground to grow his regular beetroot crop!…

The most unique flower show on earth?

If you want to create an outdoor space like no other, with bespoke decorations, plants and furniture, then you should step right through the doors of fresh gardening show, GROW London! I’m desperately trying to avoid the word ‘hipster’, but even non-gardeners can find plenty to enthral at this polished show; with botanical art, succulent…