Gardening Help & Advice

Garden Design & Planning

Front of the Border Perennials

A range of perennials generally less than 1 metre tall for you to add lower growing interest to the from of your border. Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’ This stunning perennial is sure to brighten up your borders this summer. Bright magenta in colour,...

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Grasses for Dry and Sunny Conditions

Ornamental grasses can provide calming, delicate accompaniments to colourful flowering plants, or they can be the focus of design instead. There are types available for every garden setup, soil type and position, and will provide colour, coverage, contrast and...

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Plants for Pots and Containers

If space is a premium, then container gardening is the answer for you. Containers and pots help utilise any available space in your garden, including hanging baskets and wall troughs to brighten up above the ground. Although most plants are suitable for growing in...

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How to Choose a Hedge

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a hedge. Would you like it to flower or not? Would you like it to be evergreen or deciduous? Is it to be placed in a formal garden or an informal garden? It is best to think about what you would like the plant for...

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Make your Garden Wildlife Friendly

With the rise of climate change, deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats for building construction, wildlife desperately needs somewhere to call a safe haven more than ever before. You can help wildlife survive by ensuring they have a home or safe place...

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Guide to Starting a New Garden

There are many things to consider when starting a new garden. You have to select the correct plants for your garden conditions, decide what theme or style you wish to follow, if any, and choose the ultimate purpose of your garden. Is it to be a produce garden for...

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Making an Attractive Pond Edge

Edging a pond can be a tricky and delicate task. At the end of the day, it comes down to your personal preferences. Do you want the pond to look wild or polished? Do you have a raised or sunken pond? What is the purpose of your pond? If your pond is raised, then the...

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Intruder-proof Plants

Farmers have been using unwelcoming plants as barriers for years, and now it is becoming common practice for gardeners to employ these tactics in their own gardens in an attempt to deter thieves and burglars from entering their properties. As well as defining...

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Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

Attracting wildlife to your garden is such an important factor to consider, but it is often overlooked when planning and planting your garden. Making your garden wildlife friendly doesn’t necessarily mean turning it into an out-of-control wildflower meadow or filling...

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Shrub and tree spacing guide

Landscape Architects and Nurserymen often determine the quantity of plants required by considering the spread of the variety after 10 years. Often the guidelines for height and spread are a guide only, in the south and areas affected by the gulf stream plants will...

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Plants for Attracting Bees to the Garden

Bees are in decline. Nearly 50 of our wild bumble and solitary bees are listed as threatened, some bee species have been lost already and according to the British Beekeepers’ Association, last winter was the worst on record for the loss of honey bee colonies, with...

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