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Pack your garden with bulbs

Spring bulbs will be in garden centres later this month and it’s the chance to plant and plan in September for sensational colour next year. Planting spring bulbs is one way of coming to terms with the end of summer. September is the best month to plant these bulbs, to make the most of the dry, warm days forecast when …

Threatened plants need you!

Ten different types of plants including aubrieta and berberis are now at risk as they fail to find a home in National Plant Collections. Plant lovers throughout the West Country have been urged to help to save some spectacular UK’s garden plants, which it seems, are not being cared for properly. Horticultural charity Plant Heritage is calling for anyone passionate …

Daisy delights

A common sight in almost all our gardens, the daisy in its many forms and colours Is a delightful sign that spring has arrived and summer is on its way. Ask any four-year-old to draw a flower, and chances are you’ll get a daisy. The daisy has an innocence and simplicity that makes it an immediate favourite of young and …

Roses, roses all the way!

Roses are one of the essential garden plants: easy to grow, long-lived, perfect for cut flowers, with sensational scents, full of romance and history. There are so many colours and types to choose from and they can go in any spot in your garden. First things first Roses have for centuries been an essential part of any garden in this …

House plants to bring winter cheer

Bringing the garden indoors by being creative with indoor plants can lift our mood especially through the winter months. It is quite usual for gardeners to miss the long days of summer which may seem a distant memory. With the change of seasons our moods often follow suit but there is a way to combat this problem – houseplants. They …

There is true beauty in decay

Somerset gardener Marie Salmon has this autumn refused to tidy up her garden and seems to have learned to appreciate decay. As the great Piet Oudolf once said “A plant is only worth growing if it looks good when it is dead”. I have taken heed of this in my Somerset garden, same county as Piet’s garden but in a …

Grow up!

Even a small garden arch can add height and drama but it’s the choice of plants or even vegetables which is key. It is easy to concentrate on beds and borders when you’re planting your garden, but making use of vertical space is a great way to add drama.  Adding an arch is one of the quickest ways to give …

Spheres of delight

Alliums are hugely popular for their wonderful displays of early summer flowers and now the number of cultivars has expanded hugely, gardeners have no excuse in not growing them No other plant or flower attracts quite such admiration in borders and beds than wonderful alliums. They’re architectural, loved by bees and are ideal cut or dried flowers. Allium colours vary. …

Cornwall’s love affair with camellias

Spring gardens throughout the county are about to burst into colour but at one stage they were a plant too labour intensive to survive Some of the most famous gardens in Cornwall- Caerhays, Tregothan, Trewithen and many more all reflect the reason the county has a special association with camellias. It’s a garden classic plant, one of the world’s most …

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