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All the expertise you need on growing flowers in your garden

Classically lovely

Lilies are the most fabulous of flowers, colourful, fragrant, easy to grow and requiring minimal attention. Nicky Davies sings their praises. Fabulous – certainly. Colourful – definitely .Close to our hearts – always. Lilies are often brightly coloured and boldly fragrant and the flowers are a very glamorous addition to any garden where they can be grown in containers or …

Born to survive

Anyone who hasn’t found it easy to keep houseplants alive can breathe easier as there is now a formal list of plants which seem very difficult to kill. Houseplants continue to grow in popularity but there are still a swathe of gardeners lacking confidence in their ability to keep plants alive.  It has all added up to a search for …

Return of the dried flowers boom by Jenny Lancombe

Dried flowers are in the middle of a resurgence in popularity, now seen as a more sustainable way to enjoy grown flowers within your home for many years rather than lasting a few days. Forget the dusty, dried flower arrangements of the 1970s which always seemed to look messy and monotone. We’ve entered a new era.  Dried flowers are back …

Potting perfection

Container gardening is again going through a boom in popularity, not just for small gardens but for gardeners who want plants and vegetables closer to their back door. They provide an easy way to brighten up small spaces and create focal points in larger areas. We look at how to ensure your containers are a success. Pairing up pots and …

Aiming high

The distinctive feature of hollyhocks is their height, often up to three metres and their ‘jack-and-the-beanstalk’ stems are a delight to bees and butterflies as much as gardeners. When you think of an English cottage garden, you think of hollyhocks. Their tall, towering stems can line a path, stand either side of a gate or bring height and colour to …

The delights of the poet’s daffodil

Perhaps the most beautiful of all daffodil varieties and one of the last to appear in the garden these specialist bulbs have become hugely popular in recent years. What are poet’s daffodils? Also known as poeticus daffodils, poet’s narcissus, or sometimes pheasant’s eye daffodil, poet’s daffodils produce beautiful blooms with pure white petals.  The blooms appear later in the season …

The giant amongst indoor bulbs

Hippeastrum are popular gifts at Christmas. They are often commonly known as amaryllis and, by following a few easy tips, these beautiful flowers will bloom year after year for you. Hippeastrums are giants among indoor bulbs. Their sturdy, leafless stems, more than half a metre in height, are topped with blaring trumpets of rich colour or cooler hues. Easy to …

Single roses

Bees love the easy access to these single flowered petal roses which offer a more natural option for the rose lover. More gardeners than ever before are succumbing to the delights of a single rose flower whose origins are in the natural simplicity of the wild rose. But that’s nothing to the passion shown for these roses by bees who …

How I get more flowers on my roses

Dorset retired teacher Joss Orton is now passionate about roses and here shares some of the things he has learnt on how to produce more flowers on his over 200 roses. When I retired four years ago gardening moved from being a worry to a pleasure. Before then I struggled to keep up with our acre and a half very …

Cosmic cosmos!

Once you learn how to grow cosmos, a favourite annual for summer garden colour, and realise just quite how easy it is, you’ll be adding them all over your garden.  The pollen-rich flowers are a favourite of bees and other pollinators and are excellent for companion planting alongside vegetable and fruit crops in a kitchen garden, too, as they entice …

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