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7 beautiful border plants to plant in spring (plus planting tips!)

7 brilliant border plants, chosen by plant growing experts of the Plant Fairs Roadshow. Plus spring planting tips and what NOT to plant!

May 10th, 2024

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A tapestry of ground cover plants

23 stunning ground cover plants to create a tapestry of colour in difficult-to-plant areas

How to turn difficult areas of bare earth into a tapestry of colour and texture with easy-grow ground cover plants. Expert Tim Ingram’s tips.

May 4th, 2024

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Sloping garden border

Sloping garden solutions – the real truth about gardening successfully on a slope

You don’t have to buy special plants if you have a sloping garden. With these tips, you can create beautiful borders on any kind of slope.

March 9th, 2024

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Best shady garden ideas

Shade gardening – how to choose perfect shady garden plants

You need to know what sort of shade you have before you buy plants for a shady garden. Here are the tips and plants to transform your plot.

March 1st, 2024

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Silver birches need careful pruning - don't cut too much off

Top tips for trees – what you really need to know before you prune your trees

When you prune your trees, it’s important to know which ones can be reduced in height and how – or you could end up with even bigger trees!

November 25th, 2023

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Asters are top autumn flowering perennials

10 top autumn garden tips and plants

Six leading plant growers share their top autumn garden tips and recommend the best plants for flowering now

September 30th, 2023

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Dahlias won't flower in a shady spot - they need full sun.

6 Common Reasons Why Your Garden Plants Aren’t Flowering (and how to fix it!)

Are you looking at plants in your garden and wondering why they aren’t flowering? I am. And I’ve discovered a surprising reason why my cosmos plants don’t even have any…

July 22nd, 2023

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How to puppy-proof your garden

Puppy-proof your garden – 7 practical tips that really work – and 3 to avoid!

If you’re going to puppy-proof your garden, there’s lots of advice out there. Not all of it works. As a journalist, I start every project with the assumption that I…

July 1st, 2023

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How to choose the best plants for your garden

5 top tips on how to choose the best plants for your garden

Here are 5 top insider tips on how to choose the best plants for your garden. I visited multi-award winning nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to ask Rosy Hardy what…

May 20th, 2023

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How to spot and destroy box moth caterpillar

How to spot box tree moth caterpillars – the best ways to deal with it!

Box moth caterpillars – also known as box tree moth caterpillars- can strip the leaves from your box plant or hedge. In my neighbourhood many front gardens have rows of…

May 15th, 2023

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10 beautiful but tough perennials

10 beautiful but tough perennials for too wet and too dry summers

We all want beautiful but tough perennials in our gardens this year. Temperate climates (those with spring, summer, autumn and winter seasons) are notoriously changeable. At Antique Perennials, Kinglake, Australia’s…

March 17th, 2023

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5 types of slug resistant plants and how to outwit slugs and snails

5 types of slug resistant plants – the easy way to beat snails and slugs in the garden

Planting slug resistant plants is the most effective way of stopping slugs and snails from devouring your garden. You may have read articles promising that you can get rid of…

March 11th, 2023

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