This is a listing of interesting gardening articles by a variety of expert garden designers and writers - from how to start from scratch with a garden to how to make the most of it when you sell it on to another owner.
Spotlight on plants
By garden designer Jill Anderson. Jill gives advice about selecting plants for shade and how to help them thrive.
By London garden designer Claudia de Yong. Thinking about planting some containers? Here are some combination ideas for you.
By Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Nurseries. Three shrubs that go very well together!
By Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Nurseries. A focus on a fragrant, pretty shrub called Acacia dealbata 'Gaulois Astier' ideal for sheltered locations.
By Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Nurseries. As Spring approaches Andrew introduces us to some star spring plants. Click any plant name below to read more about the plants discussed and to add them to your own 'Plants I want' lists.
By Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Nurseries. Andrew tells us about good, reliable performers and some great shrub planting combinations suitable for any garden.
By Andrew McIndoe of Hillier Nurseries. An introduction to a selection of fail-proof plants for your garden. Ideal if you are new to gardening!
Through The Seasons
By garden designer Charlie Bloom. It’s coming to the end of the season and September is the month that hails a goodbye to full summer and hello to the onset of autumn. It is also the ideal month to plant out winter interest plants and bedding schemes as the ground is still warm and frosts are still a few months away, this gives the plants some time to establish before winter. Here some of my favourites.
By garden designer Linda Regal. Summertime is a time to dream, and what better place to let your imagination run free than a private retreat in the garden. Everyone needs a place to which to escape and forget the world for a while, so make a space for yourself amidst the greenery.
By garden designer Angie Barker. Let's face it - January can be hard work. Christmas shopping is a distant memory, its back to work and there are the New Year resolutions to stick to. (By the way, my New Year resolution is not to have any!)
By garden designer Angie Barker. Father Christmas will be receiving lots of letters this year with requests for everything from Iggle Piggle to Wii consoles.
Garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin goes nuts over Christmas. In these days of grow your own there is nothing more appropriate at this time of year than to think about planting some nut trees in your garden. Do it this month and you'll have your own supply of Christmas nuts next year.
By garden designer John Frater. The garden in winter is wonderfully peaceful, but don't let it pass without using this valuable lull in activity to reflect and assess.
By garden designer Alice Bowe. Unlike most bulbs, which are best planted in the autumn, Snowdrops can take a while to establish as dry bulbs and so they are best planted "in the green" (that is just after flowering, while still in full leaf).
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. I'm writing this looking out at my garden which is full of plants that have just come back from a garden we designed for the CBI conference. It's a jungle out there - literally. There are six huge Cordylines, a field of evergreens and a meadow of mature Phormiums.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Christmas is coming and we're decorating our houses with all sorts of flowers and plants from the traditional to the contemporary and funky.
By Derek W. Walder, Turf Expert. Now is the ideal time to take a close look at your lawn after the ravages of the summer.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. It's March and now is a great time to be out and about in your garden on a sunny day giving it a good spring clean and setting the scene for a great summer outdoors.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Regular readers of this column will know that I'm a bit of a tree hugger and proud of it! We're coming up to the best time of year to be planting trees.
By garden designer Liz Saward. Let's face it, by the middle of September, most people's gardens are looking tired and a just a litte bit brown.
By garden designer Alice Bowe. Integrate light blooms in your planting, and see the twilight garden come alive.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. I love the Autumn! It's a special time of year when we can start putting the borders to bed for the winter and can look forward to putting our feet up soon!
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Plan now for a splash of Spring colour!
Planning your garden
By the Children's Safety Education Foundation. An estimated 500,000 accidents occur in the garden every year due to hazards of ponds, paddling pools, play equipment, greenhouses and electrical equipment.
Plant forLife has teamed up with fashion expert and celebrity stylist, Mark Heyes and garden designer Chris Collins to help you choose your colour personality, work out your dominant colour and the plants that compliment them.
Planting suggestions to create a fragrant garden twelve months of the year.
Allergy UK tells us that 1 in 3 people are affected by an allergy at some point in their life with symptoms ranging from irritating sneezing through to potentially fatal anaphylaxis. Around 40% of children suffer from one or more allergies, but allergies can also develop later in life and have wide ranging effects on an individual's standard of living.
Spring is here at last, and the green fingered amongst us will be busy trying to make their gardens look beautiful.
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By PlantforLife. Create a positive first impression at the front of your property with these planting ideas.
By garden designer John Frater. Sitting quietly in a very large and mature garden in Norfolk recently I was struck by how more and more kept revealing itself to me as I looked.
By garden designer John Frater. The question of colour in the garden is a perennial one that causes a lot of confusion, and stress, amongst many gardeners and even some of the pros. I've just returned from a painting holiday in the Scottish Highlands where my eyes were opened to a new way of relating to colour.
By garden designer Alice Bowe. A lot is being written about the effects of our changing climate on the way we garden. Simply search for 'drought tolerant planting' on the internet and you will be swamped with plant lists and information. A far larger concern for me as a garden designer is the brutally damaging effect of flash floods and heavy rainfall.
Garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin explains how the older gardeners among us can get the most from their garden.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. We often forget that a good climbing plant can turn the barest new wall or fence into a riot of colour and fragrance in just a few months.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. There's one area of people's gardens that seems to be the most neglected and I can never understand why.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. We all lead busy lives these days and only the few are DIY'ers keen enough to attempt building a whole new garden from scratch.
By garden designer Alice Bowe. Colour is one of the most emotive aspects of any garden and although garden history has a long association with artists as garden designers, its importance and effect upon the garden's audience is often underestimated.
Garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin shows how the tiniest ponds can improve a garden.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Every month seems to bring a new gardening magazine or television programme these days as more and more people are getting turned on to the benefits of having a great garden as an extension of their living space.
Enjoying your garden
By garden designer John Frater. For millennia nature and gardens have been associated with health and well being. However, somewhere in the late twentieth century the main stream health care establishment lost sight of this.
By garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd. 'Grow Your Own' …In An 'Arabella' Kitchen Garden
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Early Spring is a great time for getting out in the garden and doing a lot of groundwork.
By garden designer Sarah Layton. For parents of sports-mad children the garden is a challenge.
By garden designer Catherine Heatherington. For many, food in the garden stops with the barbeque. But what could be more satisfying than picking your own rocket and lettuce, tossing in a dressing and eating on the spot?
By garden designer Catherine Heatherington. Light, sound and scent combine to create the atmosphere of the night garden. As dusk falls the city recedes and the intimacy of the space is magnified.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. The last five years of garden design have all been about bringing the outside in and the inside out, making rooms out of the garden and connecting the two spaces in every way imaginable. Has it been successful?
Wildlife and Eco Gardening
By Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Wildflowers have become scarce in the countryside because we've lost many traditional habitats like hedgerows, hay meadows and chalk grassland. Wherever you live in the UK you should be able to attract at least 6 bumblebee species to your garden, and perhaps as many at 10.
Attract butterflies to your garden. Whether brilliant orange, yellow, blue, or even black, butterflies can rival any flower for breath-taking beauty. Butterflies are particularly attracted to purples, mauves and pink flowers.
By Plant for Life. Encouraging butterflies, birds and other wildlife into the garden is a joy in its own right and goes a long way to protect the survival of many creatures within our environment.
By garden designer Alice Bowe. Hints and tips for creating more eco-friendly and sustainable garden designs.
Green, sustainable and eco-friendly garden design does not mean you have to compromise on good garden design. In fact careful, considered thought about materials and how they are used often lead to better design and better results.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. One of the most enjoyable parts of gardening for me is making compost.
By the Horitcultural Trade Association. In February, the water companies said that a hosepipe ban could only be averted by above average rainfall in the south east. Since then rainfall has been above average, but still the restrictions came. Here are 10 things can and cannot do under a hosepipe ban.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. I was going to start this month by giving some handy ways to beat the hosepipe ban and keep your trees and shrubs alive but before I got there I started thinking about the reasons for a hosepipe ban.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. This winter has seen a heated debate about whether our climate is changing for the worse or whether we're just having a decade or so of seasonal adjustment.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Andrew Fisher Tomlin looks at improving your front gardens whilst being aware of the environmental impact.
By garden designer Sarah Layton. As a child I remember the joy of watching garden birds feeding, or bathing with their delicate feathers all fluffed up, of watching a butterfly flit from one colourful flower to another drinking nectar in the sun.
By garden designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin. Someone approached me the other day and said they were fed up with seeing all these crisp new concrete walls, bright colours and fancy flooring in relatively ordinary gardens. It got me thinking about how some people are fast getting into a cycle of replacing gardens every few years, almost as often as we replace kitchens and re-decorate our homes.
Grow your own
By garden designer Charlie Bloom. A Potager by definition is an "ornamental kitchen garden", its intrinsic beauty being that it is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
The National Trust is creating 1,000 allotments for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
By Plant for Life. It is a common misconception that you need a lot of space to be able to grow vegetables.
By John Molyneux. Although some think that propagation is complicated, there is nothing mysterious about it and it is worth the effort. Seeds and cuttings need 3 things; heat, light and moisture.
By John Molyneux. Hydroponics is a bit of a mystery to many growers but it is simply growing without soil and it has been used for centuries to help growers achieve better results than conventional soil growing.