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…

5 things I do to make flying easier

Flying has become such a large part of my life these days that I now get on a plane in the same way as I board a bus…! I’ve slowly learnt tips and tricks to ensure my flight experience is as smooth as possible too, and I want to share some of those with you!…

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…

5 brilliant and unusual Instagram accounts for plant lovers!

I lurrrrve Instagram, not just for the cats sleeping on shelves, but also for the wonderful world of plants! There are some incredibly innovative and creative accounts on Instagram, and I wanted to share my favourite 5 with you all. Enjoy! ONE. Paper houseplants by @corriebethmakes These paper creations are just amazing, and I love their…

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 very different Fuchsias you need to try in your garden

If you’re struggling to find a summer-flowering plant for a shady corner, then let me remind you about the dangling beauty of Fuchsias! Everyone knows someone that has grown a Fuchsia, such is their popularity up and down the UK. However they’re usually just pink and bushy. But, perhaps you’ll allow me to blow your flowery…

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…

5 exciting, new and different plants spotted at IPM Essen trade show

Once a year, the very best plant breeders and developers from around the world congregate in Essen, Germany, as they join the very best horticultural trade show. IPM Essen is a show which sprawls itself across 12 large halls, and is a must for any well-respected plant hunter. But, of course, this is ‘indoor plant hunting’, and it’s an activity…

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…

All white everything. The new trend for your garden.

Can’t decide which colour scheme to have in your garden? Well, perhaps you should just opt for a WHITEWASH! White-flowered plants have been quietly gaining pace in the sales charts over recent years. They can prove to be the perfect base for the garden, after all you’d always start a painting on a white canvas, wouldn’t you? (click…