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  1. Container gardening: our top picks

    Container gardening: our top picks
    With space at a premium, sometimes it simply isn't practical to plant out a garden bed in your garden - or perhaps you want to grow some greenery where there's no soil to plant them to thrive in. Enter container gardening. It's perfect for those with small courtyards or balconies, and fabulous for those who rent. Why container gardening? There are...
  2. Pest-repelling plants

    Pest-repelling plants
    Whether its mozzies, flies or ants, did you know you can stop pests in their tracks with a range of pest-repellent plants? The secret to these plants’ pest-repellent magic is in the oils they produce, which must be released in order for the plant to be effective against pests. There are a few ways to release these plants’ pest-deterring oils. For...
  3. 11 edible flowers

    11 edible flowers
    From snapdragon to stock, a sprinkling of edible flowers will transform your next meal from every day to gourmet. Here are 11 of our favourite flowers to feast on.   Daisy Bellis perennis Create a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds with daisies. The subtle-tasting petals make a lovely garnish for savoury dishes, like sandwiches, soups and salads. For...
  4. Sandy soil

    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 and manure. Sandy soils tend...
  5. In the night garden

    In the night garden
    Night scent Scented plants add an extra dimension to the night garden. Perfume is one of the lures plants use to attract pollinators to their flowers. Those plants that rely on night-flying insects for pollination (such as moths and beetles) may be extra fragrant at night or may only open at night, furling their flowers by day. To enjoy plants...
  6. Xeriscaping

    Xeriscaping
    If you're a keen gardener but lack time, want to save money (or you’re just plain forgetful) you'll love xeriscaping. We're so confident you'll love it, we've even created a beautiful xeriscaping garden plan to inspire you.   What is xeriscaping? The term xeriscaping was coined by Denver Water, Colorado’s water utility, in 1981. Combining the words "landscape" and "xeros" (Greek for dry...
  7. Silver and Grey Foliage

    Silver and Grey Foliage
    There is a trend in garden design to favour foliage plants, that is plants with colourful leaves. Where as flowering plants have a season of colour – often fairly short – foliage plants add colour and texture over many months and year round if they are evergreen. Silver and grey foliage in the garden Not all coloured foliage is bold...
  8. Mass planting appeal

    Mass planting appeal
    Mass planting brims with benefits. It can give your garden the wow factor. It can create harmony. It's even a saviour for the time-poor gardener. Plus, thanks to its simplicity, it complements modern home design and small spaces perfectly. What’s not to love?   What is mass planting? Mass planting (or group planting as it’s also known) is when the same plant...
  9. Lavender

    Lavender
    A little bit about lavender Botanical name: Lavandula A member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family, lavender is a hardy plant best known for its beautiful fragrance. It’s a low-growing but mostly upright shrub featuring silvery leaves rich with aromatic oils. Lavender is a great low-maintenance choice as it’ll flush into fragrant, colourful bloom with very little attention. Lavender flowers in a...

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