How to maintain a garden pond

Over the last century, nearly 70% of garden ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning that man-made garden ponds have an increased importance for wildlife. A well-planted garden…

Sew seeds gathered from your garden iStock

Saving and swapping seeds isn’t just a brilliant way of saving money on creating a great garden, but it’ll also open it up to whole new avenues of possibility. Seeds…

How to permaculture garden toad

The term permaculture is big news in gardening at the moment. But what on earth is it? You could describe it as self-sufficiency with knobs on. Not only is it…

Royal rose fit for a queen istock

  Not only has the rose been the national flower of England since Tudor times, but many new varieties have been produced to commemorate key events over our current Queen’s…

A Hawthorn in flower is a gorgeous garden border Alamy

The style and atmosphere of a garden is created as much by the boundary that you choose to wrap around it as by the lawn, garden borders and sitting areas…

Prospect Cottage beach garden Alamy

To make your beach garden lush and colourful you need to look for plants with tough or waxy leaves or hairy foliage to block salty winds. Slim grassy leaves and…

A herb garden

A herb garden filled with herbs must be some of the hardest-working plants around. Not only do they look good and smell wonderful, they bring bees and other useful insects…

Get out in the garden in November and prepare your garden for winter – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

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Whether you love smelling sweetly scented lilacs and freesias in the warmer months or prefer to see bright red berries growing on your holly bush during the winter, it’s almost…

There is plenty to do in your garden in October – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

Growing lavender: if you dry your crop you're beautifully smelling plants will last for ages and look delightful  © iStock

I’m sure that when the Romans packed sprigs of lavender (their favourite deodorant) into their toiletry bags before they crossed stormy seas to invade Britain, they wouldn’t have imagined that,…

Sorbus aucuparia asplenifolia tree growing tips

There’s a perfect tree for every kind of garden. Gledista triacanthus ‘Sunburst’ Deciduous Soil type: Moist but well-drained soil This exotic-looking honey locust tree is virtually thornless. The young leaves…

Cut out crossing branches to keep plants healthy and encourage growth ©iStock

Cultivating soil is fundamental to good gardening. It improves the soil’s structure as reducing compaction increases aeration, so that more air gets to plant roots and drainage is enhanced. How…

Astilbe x arendsii 'Red Sentinel' is a perfect plant partner for Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'© Alamy

Create maximum impact in your borders and plant together these matches made in heaven, says Adrienne Wild For success in your planting schemes, fortune favours the brave. The most experienced gardeners…

July is the time to enjoy your garden! But, there is still plenty to get done in your garden in July - read our tips and advice on what to…

Climbing plants have never looked so good – and the sky’s the limit with Adrienne Wild’s top tips   When there’s little or no room left in the ground, it’s time…