How To Plant A Garden Tree

Traditionally, a round hole is dug, compost and manure are used, a pile is knocked down, the tree is planted, tied and mulched. The roots of most trees and shrubs grow on one foot of…

Flowers For English Gardeners

With a little planning, you can create an annual – multi-year partnership that will make your flower garden look great for a full 5-6 months. Unlike many perennials, most annuals thrive in the summer heat…

mini Bonsai

Mini Bonsai for Beginners

Super-mini bonsai are only about an inch or so (3cm) tall but have huge appeal. Even though they’re tiny, they put out roots and grow just as a regular plant does. What are Super-mini Bonsai?…

Itea ilicifolia

Itea ilicifolia

This classy shrub has many good qualities; light green leaves armed with prickly edges, long (up to 30cm, but usually less) catkins of scented, pale green flowers from mid- to late summer, and a fairly…

Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’

Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’

One of the most reliable and easy evergreens, ‘Gwenllian’ is a dense shrub with dark green, leathery leaves. Clusters of deep pink buds open to white flowers throughout winter, but don’t overlook the metallic blue…

Ribes laurifolium

Ribes laurifolium

The laurel-leaved currant is less of a structural element and more of a spring treat. The leathery leaves provide the perfect backdrop for cascading heads of creamy green, scented flowers in late winter or spring.…

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