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Garden bugs

Even though the good weather means plants are growing fast and strong now, they can still be prone to pest attack by garden bugs. Keeping them healthy by regular watering,…

Weather-wise garden tips

Tropical air blowing in from the south-west along with a strong El Niño phenomenon have been given as reasons for this winter’s mild, wet and windy weather. Unseasonal temperatures have…

Herbal tea

If you grow your own fruit and vegetables you will no doubt have made jams and chutneys galore – and probably given a lot to friends and family. So what…

Heavenly hydrangeas

For summer colour nothing will beat the sight of a mass planting of mophead hydrangeas. These spectacular shrubby plants, which flower from June right through to the frosts, have large,…

Watch your roses bloom

The rose is England’s favourite flower and can be found in almost every garden in the land. In recent times, shrub roses, and especially the English roses bred by David…

Fuchsia

Sunshine and showers are perfect fuchsia- growing conditions, so providing we don’t have a sudden drop in temperature this summer, you can expect beautiful hanging baskets and colourful containers. There…

A traditional English rose garden © iStock

The romantic cottage-garden image is unkempt and informal, with bulging borders spilling on to pathways filled with a joyful jumble of old-fashioned flowers with fruit bushes, vegetables and herbs squeezed…

Hanging basket

Even with very little planting skill, it’s easy to make a memorable display if you plant up your hanging baskets with just a single species. For sophisticated good looks, choose…

Growing your own fruit bowl is rewarding and possible in the tiniest of gardens, where pots are used to support vitamin-rich favourites like apples, pears, plums and cherries, plus the…

Weather-wise garden tips

Gardening and the weather go hand in hand as we rely on it to help seeds and plants thrive and to ripen crops – not to mention those brilliant days…

Summer garden: Bulbs

February to March ✤ Sow frost-sensitive summer-bedding seeds, such as pelargoniums, in pots on a warm windowsill. For something a bit different, sow and grow climbers, such as Chilean Glory…

Raking leaves for your lawn care iStock

After a busy summer in the garden, lawns can be left worn out and exhausted – especially if the weather has taken its toll. Where the soil is shallow, a…

Flowering houseplants

Houseplants make a home healthier, cleaning the air from airborne contaminants and allowing you to breathe more easily. They also make a room feel cosier and with a bit of…

Ferns

Lush ferny foliage can bring low-maintenance splendour to shade, and when mass-planted will allow you to transform an otherwise drab area into a leafy, tranquil paradise where you can sit,…

Bamboo

Bamboo can be relied on to add texture and colour to an evergreen planting scheme and wind filtering through the stiff canes makes a gentle rustling sound, which in urban…

Tips for giving the illusion of a big garden

Depth illusion Use plants with warm colours, such as yellow and orange, at the front of the garden and those with lighter or cooler shades, such as blue, green and…