outdoor plants

  1. The 10 rose care commandments

    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 bud. These dormant buds look...
  2. 9 perfectly petite fairy garden plants

    9 perfectly petite fairy garden plants
    Creating a fairy garden is a fun and creative gardening activity for kids (that’s sure to bring out your inner child too) - the perfect way to get them outside when isolation boredom hits. 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...
  3. Colourful plants that brave winter

    Colourful plants that brave winter
    As the days begin to cool, a new wave of colour invades the garden. Clockwise from top left: Japanese maple, pin oak, azaleas, crepe myrtle.   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...
  4. Viola Friolina

    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 it goes. An evergreen, this...
  5. Using perennials to create a colourful display

    Using perennials to create a colourful display
    Creating a colourful display of perennials in a hanging basket or wine barrel is fun, creative, rewarding and a fab way to add a pop of perennial colour to even the tiniest of outdoor spaces.   Choosing your plants Planting one variety is the easiest and quickest way to create a colourful hanging basket or wine barrel. If you’re feeling...
  6. Helping plants cope with winter

    Helping plants cope with winter
    Cold conditions take their toll on plants during winter. In recent years, winters have become more extreme with frost, very low temperatures and even snow occurring over a wider area than ever before. While some winters are mild, gardeners should be prepared for damaging winter conditions between autumn and early spring. The good news is that many of our favourite...

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