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Memorial rose

By Adam Pasco in Plants
The rose is our most popular flower, and rightly so. A single rose bud captures perfection, slowly opening to celebrate nature at its very best. Continue reading...

Green manure

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Green manures are the perfect organic fertiliser. They improve soil structure, suppress weeds and return nutrients to the soil. Continue reading...

Carnivorous plants

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
27 September 2010 at 16:47
To small boys the fact that [the Venus fly trap] cannot devour live chickens or younger sisters will always be a disappointment. Continue reading...

My five favourite dahlias

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
There was a time when the dahlia was persona non grata in our gardens and was banished to the vegetable garden where it was grown purely as a cut flower or for competitions. Continue reading...

Gardening mistakes

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
It is a good moment to look back on the triumphs and disasters in our gardens and to make notes so that we do not make the same mistakes again. Continue reading...

Planting spring bulbs

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Spring bulbs don't just provide us with a burst of colour to remind us that summer is on its way. They provide insects with nectar, which is essential for feeding them up again... Continue reading...

Growing zinnias

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Why is it that you rarely see zinnias in summer bedding displays? Do they give the impression of being an old-fashioned flower? Continue reading...

Verbena bonariensis

By Adam Pasco in Plants
Will our love affair with Verbena bonariensis ever wane? This fabulous flower looks as good growing individually among low border plants as it does planted en masse. Continue reading...

Trees for small gardens 2

By James Alexander-Sinclair in Plants
The other day there was a tweet from Gardeners' World regarding a post I wrote on this blog a couple of years ago, about my top five trees for small gardens. Continue reading...

Saving foxglove seeds

By Kate Bradbury in Plants
Last spring I found a foxglove seedling in a pot, which had presumably self-seeded from a neighbour's garden. Excited, I potted it on and nurtured it in anticipation of seeing it flower this year. Continue reading...