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5 ways to use garden planters (plus potscaping tips)

As I was photographing Diane and Robbie Perry’s garden in Kent, I admired the way they use garden planters to add punctuation and colour. They’ve used garden pots in five…

September 20th, 2020

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How to plant a winter window box

I asked garden designer and GBBO finalist Jane Beedle (@janebbakes on Instagram) for her tips on planting a winter window box. First we went along to a local plant nursery,…

December 1st, 2019

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Variegated evergreen yucca in a pot

10 easy care evergreen pots for year round impact

For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact. But they need very little care and put up with a…

October 6th, 2019

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How to root prune your plants in pots – and why it matters

‘Give it a root prune every two or three years.’ I was given this advice when I bought my beloved topiary spiral. It is the most significant plant in my…

March 24th, 2019

Posted In: Container gardening, Gardening know how

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in…

February 17th, 2018

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden trends & design

1970s houseplants - aspidistra and spider plant

Join the 1970s house plants revolution

I was part of the original 1970s house plants movement. When I first left home, house plants were as essential as having a coffee mug, a Habitat plate and Pink…

November 5th, 2017

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Me and my terrarium.

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha’s musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in…

September 24th, 2017

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Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his…

August 20th, 2017

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden style & living, Town gardens

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' for a low-maintenance garden pot

The best plants for amazingly low maintenance garden pots

What are ‘low maintenance garden pots’? After all, how low can you go? Can you go away on holiday for a fortnight without asking anyone to water your pots? Er,…

May 21st, 2017

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Easy tips for orchid care

Orchid care – how to stop feeling guilty and love your orchid

Do you feel guilty about orchid care? Have you been given a potted orchid which did look beautiful for weeks? And do you now have a sad little transparent pot…

April 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden style & living

Thriller, spiller, filler container planting

Your best garden pots ever – 6 tips for brilliant container gardening

What’s the secret of stunning garden pots? Expensive containers? Choosing the right plants? Having an artistic eye for arrangement? Maybe. But we’ve all seen wonderful displays of common plants in…

May 29th, 2016

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Contrast shapes and theme colours when arranging pots and tubs.

Love your pots! 25 inspiring & practical ideas for container gardens

Container gardens  and pots create instant impact in your garden. You can grow any plant in a pot. You can use a pot as a focal point, to add instant colour…

July 26th, 2015

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