Nothing suits container gardening more than herbs. Easy to grow and rewarding, a herb garden is attractive, useful, and can be moved around
Gill Heavens delves into the world of peonies, historically revered in the Far East, where they are the flower of spring and whose voluptuous colours can brighten early season beds
Straddling the tail end of spring and the first few weeks of summer, there is something special about peony flowering time.
The name peony comes from the Greek Paeon, a physician to the gods, which alludes to the plant’s medicinal qualities. Zeus turned Paeon into a flower to protect him from his jealous teacher Asclepias.
Andrew Verreck from Chestnut Nursery in Poole gives his choice of what plants will thrive and impress in a coastal garden
Gardening in coastal areas whether you are situated on the water’s edge or set a few miles back from the salty brine can be challenging to say the least.
It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the weather during April. Frosts are still common, and many plants and flowers may need protection in the form of fleece or cloches. Hopefully, the ground will not be too wet and so now is a good time to finish off digging over your plot in preparation for all the vegetables you are going to grow. As the weather gets warmer, the weeds will grow in earnest. Regular weeding, before they become established, is important.
The arrival of spring can mean fast growth. To keep on top of the garden, plan ahead.
Gardening can be an expensive hobby but there are ways to cut back, save money and still enjoy the pleasure of being in the garden
Is gardening getting a little expensive for you?
There’s plants, compost, tools, lawn mowers, pots, more compost, feeds, plant food and so on it goes.
In a recent survey of 1,000 people it was found that 26 per cent were saving as much as £200 a year by growing their own fruit and vegetables. Most in the survey said they were doing it more for fun than a way to save money.
Paradise Gardens: Spiritual Inspiration and Earthly expression
by Toby Musgrave
Hand grafted plants, which provide tomatoes and potatoes in one plant, black tomatoes, yellow beetroot and white carrots - are you ready to delve into the new era of unconventional vegetables?
Are you someone who likes your potatoes white, your tomatoes red, your beetroot purple and your carrots orange?
Or are you prepared to be more unconventional and opt for what some gardeners called a fad but others see as a trend towards new generations of different coloured vegetables with new tastes and whole new experiences.
Leeks are cheap and easy to grow and expensive to buy - that’s why again they have come out on top in the vegetable cost versus value surveys
Leeks are a must grow in the vegetable patch this season.
A new survey of what pays off when it comes to growing your own vegetables has revealed that leeks top the ‘cost versus value’ charts - ahead of even asparagus.
Maybe it’s time to be a little more adventurous in terms of colours and shapes when it comes to growing courgettes this summer
Courgettes are so easy to grow – and you get so many courgettes from each plant – three or four a week if you grow your own!
They are such a ‘must grow’ in many vegetable plots and allotments that it’s about time to perhaps grow something a little different.
This year, the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown gives us a special reason to seek out his work on the English landscape garden with lakes, gentle slopes and classic buildings some of the great design achievements of the 18th century
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green