I spent this morning trimming back perennials and other plants that were beginning to look ragged. Plants such as Leucanthemum x superbum Crazy Daisy and Anthemis tinctoria Sauce Hollandaise flowered very well for me and were a lovely treat outside my window, but the weather took its toll on them and so a haircut...
Though plants should form the back bone of our gardens, including features and decorative objects can add the finishing touches and give an insight to the personality of the gardener. My garden is just an extension of my own personality with plants as reminders of places visited and people met, with patio furniture made by...
Recycling is not just for kitchen waste, it is also something that can be implemented outdoors. Remember that one man’s waste is another man’s (or woman’s) treasure. The compost heap is an obvious method of recycling raw foods, hedge trimming etc. Avoid using cooked foods in your compost or you’ll end up encouraging four-legged tourists...
Irish garden expert, Peter Dowdall, talks us through his choice when it comes to feeding the plants in his garden. Peter's Plant Food Choices... Peter narrows his choice of plant foods down 3 different groups: General Purpose Flower Growth Rose Food General Purpose Plant Food It is important to have one good general purpose plant food to take...
Roses have been loved and praised for thousands of years. They are steeped in history and ooze personality. Wild roses bring back childhood memories and are bold, running through hedgerows at will and growing in the most obscure of places. Modern roses are relatively new to the gardening world. They are the most popular types planted...
Buy flower bulbs as early in the season as possible, as it is then that the best quality is available. Bulbs that remain in shops unsold for a while tend to get handled frequently by undecided customers and by young little hands. Reject bulbs of poor quality, as these tend to produce poor quality...
Hanging baskets are a fantastic way to add a pop of colour to otherwise bleak walls and fences. They are also terrific for brightening up decking areas and patios. Creating beautiful hanging baskets is easy when you know how, so we have created this ultimate guide to help you add dimension to your garden. Choosing a...
All going well, the last of the frosts have left us and it is time to plant drifts of summer bedding plants. These form blankets of colour beside which you can sit during the summer months, drinking cold drinks and chatting with friends. It is probably the most sociable time of year outdoors. The ground...
Whether you consider your garden to be an outside room to relax in, a football pitch, an entertainment space or simply somewhere beautiful to look out at, make it something you love. Being functional doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful! For Outdoor Play: If your garden is used for ball sports and needs to be...
Roses are some of the most popular and beautiful flowering shrubs grown. Despite their reputation for being difficult to cultivate, with the correct location, planting procedure and care, your roses should thrive. Planting Roses The key to growing successful rose plants is a good planting location and soil bed. When planting roses it is important to pick...
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