Poinsettias die after Christmas because they are mass-produced, roughly-handled, and are half-dead when you take them home.
Looking for great acid-loving plants to grow in your naturally ericaceous garden soil? Some plants just love acid soils and will reward you over and over by putting on a great display year after year.
Learn about Herb Robert, the common garden weed that grows in Europe and across America. This fast-growing pungently-smelling plant has more than just a pretty face. Geranium robertianum has many uses
Learn how to grow Virginian Stock. These pretty and sweetly-scented annual flowers are a must for every summer garden.
Here are simple step by step instructions on how to set up a worm composting bin. From hints and tips on what wormery to buy, to what to feed the worms, this article shows you the starting stages of setting up your own worm farm to bring you the very best completely organic natural fertilizer for...
Valerian officinalis (common Valerian) is really easy to grow and care for, once it has become established in your garden. Read here for some hints and tips to successfully grow sweetly-scented perennial Valerian plants.
Centranthus ruber, otherwise known as Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard or Spur Valerian, is a beautiful perennial plant with stunning swathes of red, pink or white flowers guaranteed to brighten up even the dullest corners of a garden.
This is a guide to the top 10 easy perennial plants to grow from seed. Perhaps you are looking at packets of perennial flower seeds and are wondering which ones are the best and the easiest to grow. Hopefully something here will be of help.
Here is a list of the top 10 climbing plants perfectly suited for a small garden trellis. Bringing color, scent and interest into your yard, climbers also create a decorative screen or an ornamental feature that will bring months of pleasure.
Crown Imperials, Fritillaria imperialis, is a wonderful plant to grow as it forms a showy centerpiece in any garden.
Many people have wondered what exactly is the difference between Spanish bluebells and English bluebells, especially considering one is a protected species and one is not. I have photos to show you the difference.
Leeks can be forced into becoming everlasting by not allowing them to go to flower at the end of the season. Break off each flower head as you see them developing. Repeat this process as new flower heads start, and after a time, the plant gives up and sends out shoots from its base that are exact...
It's very easy to put together a simple automatic watering system for the greenhouse using just a small pond water pump and some capillary matting. Have a read here to learn what parts are needed, and watch the video that shows you how. Warning: video autoplays.
Toads are welcome in gardens, so if you happen to stumble across one in yours you may be wondering what it is doing there, especially if you don't have a garden pond, like me. Toads are a huge help to gardeners, helping reduce populations of garden pests, including slugs and snails.
Not everyone loves cats, so here is a list of the some of the best cat repellent plants you can grow in your garden to keep our furry feline friends at bay. They may not keep them out, but some plants are actively disliked by cats, and may deter some of them from coming in and damaging your garden...
Greenhouse aphids are notoriously difficult to control without the use of pesticides, but there are natural and organic ways to effectively do so, resulting in healthy crops. Here we have a look at companion planting and nematodes, specifically the parasitic wasp, and how to provide the ideal...
The Lingonberry plant (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) is a close cousin of the ever-popular cranberry, but can only be successfully grown in the cooler climates of the world. Harsh winters and cool wet summers are idea conditions in which to grow Lingonberries.
The loganberry is easy to grow and one single plant can provide up to 18lbs of fruit in a single season. A cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, loganberries grow well in USDA zones 5 - 10, and only one plant is needed because it is is self-pollinating.
Annual sweet peas are a welcome addition to any garden, providing a fragrant screen for both privacy and to separate different parts of the garden. Learn how to grow them for home or for exhibitions.
If a member of your family becomes blind or visually impaired, it would be nice if you could design a sensory garden with them in mind. Here are some points to consider.
Learn how to make a German Easter tree. Germany celebrate Easter more than anyone else it seems, with every home displaying Easter trees - branches, bushes or trees with highly decorated and colorful eggs attached to the branches.
Have you ever wondered how to grow sesame seed plants from shop bought sesame seeds? It is good to know they will grow, and even better to know what to expect and how to take care of sesame plants.
If you want to have a tree in your garden that looks like a tropical palm tree but isn't, have a look at the cordyline australis, the cabbage palm tree. Suitable for cooler climates, this tree will make a wonderful addition to your garden.
A great way to protect your home from thieves is to grow protective garden plants around the perimeter of your yard to deter the sneaky entry of thieves and burglars.
Ocimum Basilicum is the botanical name for that wonder kitchen herb, sometimes called 'the king of herbs', basil. Learn how to grow this versatile and tasty addition to many dishes, and also how to store it for year round use.
Loquat is a traditionally grown subtropical fruit tree. Also known as Eriobotrya Japonica, the loquat fruit are juicy, sweet and delicious. New cultivars have been developed to allow those wonderful trees to be grown, and fruit, in temperate climates. Check out the benefits now. You will be amazed.
I took some photos of my Mother of Thousands plants flowering this year. This succulent house plant originally from Madagascar does not flower every year. In fact, this is the first year I have seen this brilliant display, which I have shared with you.