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The 10 rose care commandments

Roses often get a bad rap for being hard to grow, but that’s just not the case. Rose plants are rewarding and beautiful and by following the 10 rose care commandments, you can bet on your plants coming up roses every time.   1. Thou shalt not cut the stem willy-nilly. Cut above an outward-pointing […]

Creating a fairy garden is a fun and creative gardening activity for kids (that’s sure to bring out your inner child too). Here are nine of our favourite fairy garden plants for a magical miniature world no fairy will be able to resist.   Where to locate your fairy garden Fairy gardens can be created in […]

As the days begin to cool, a new wave of colour invades the garden. Colours glow as Japanese maples turn fiery red, crimson and gold. In cooler spots, pin oak will turn a brilliant scarlet and the orange leaves of the crepe myrtle make a last splash of colour in defiance of the chill to […]

The one-step test for soil type

Not all soils are made equal. Your soil type depends on the parent rock from which it’s formed, on the influence of climate over hundreds of years and on what your house builder or previous owners have done to it. Knowing your soil type means you’re better placed to pick plants that will feel right […]

Loam soil

Loam soil is the holy grail of gardening. It’s easy to dig, stays moist without being poorly drained and has good amounts of nutrients. Added fertilisers are held in the soil and are easily accessed by plants. Loams have a mix of sand, clay, silt and organic matter. Most plants grow in loam and it’s […]

Sandy soil

Sandy soil is literally soil that’s made up of mainly sand particles. On the positive side, sandy soils are free draining and easy to dig. On the negative side, they can be hard to wet, hard to keep moist (as sand dries out quickly) and a challenge to enrich with organic matter such as compost […]

Clay soil

Clay soil is made up mainly of clay particles. On the positive side, they are rich in nutrients. On the negative side, they can be hard to dig and poorly drained. They become waterlogged when it’s wet but crack as they dry out during extended dry periods. If you are unsure about whether your soil […]

Have you heard about hygge?

With days getting shorter and nights becoming cooler, you’ll love this cosy Danish concept in your home this winter. Pronounced ‘hue-gah’, the most common English translation for hygge is ‘cosiness’. But this Danish concept is so much more. Hygge is about embracing life’s simple pleasures, from sharing warm food and conversation with family and friends, […]

14 pet-safe indoor plants

Keep your four-legged friends happy, healthy and out of harm’s way with these cat and dog-safe indoor plants.   1. Golden cane palm Dypsis lutescens This Madagascan native is a popular clumping palm with attractive golden trunks and stems and a hardy, drought-tolerant nature. To keep it healthy and happy, give it the occasional week-long […]

Viola Friolina

A little bit about Viola Friolina There’s no excuse for a dull and dormant autumn and winter garden when you have pretty perennial Viola Friolina in bloom. At a time when many flowering plants are enjoying a winter snooze, this autumn- and winter-flowering beauty is branching out and trailing, revealing an abundance of blooms as […]

Worm farm 101

Harness the power of the humble earth worm and flip your unwanted kitchen and garden waste into nature’s own fertiliser for healthy soil and thriving plants.   Why worm farms are so good for your garden Worms are one of Mother Nature’s greatest inventions. These hardworking recyclers take organic waste and turn it into beautiful, […]

To get the best finish that’ll last the distance, we’ve put together a guide for the best method of installing Basque Natural Stone pavers. If you wish to use an alternate method of laying, you should contact Flower Power prior to laying.   For Basque Natural Stone care and maintenance, click here.   Selecting the […]