With their large leaves and sturdy rosettes, the artichoke is a distinctive plant. An herbaceous perennial, artichokes are part of the Asteraceae family alongside sunflowers, thistles and dandelions. These unusual, architectural vegetables are commonly grown for their edible flower buds that are harvested before the flowers open. But they also […]
A good night’s sleep – not only is it something we need, it’s something we crave. If you often find yourself awake, tossing and turning at night despite yearning for sleep, you’re not alone: according to the National Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million US adults suffer from a sleep […]
Recent research has presented some interesting facts about the health benefits of house plants. For example, the pineapple plant has been found to improve air quality and reduce snoring whilst leaves from the feverfew have been proven to prevent headaches. Even looking at plants has been shown to lower pain […]
Spalding Plant & Bulb Company have set a challenge to find the best Spring Flowering Bulb Display for the patio using just five types of flowering bulb. The display I have in mind would suit a large round patio tub or container at last 40cm deep and should be placed in full […]
Yucca are popular plants, well-loved for their green fleshy leaves, easy-to-care for attributes and the way they brighten up favourite spot. They’re an excellent plant for the less green-fingered, as they can last for quite some time without water and continue to grow, even without too much sun. There are […]
With cold and grey February coming to an end, spring is most certainly on its way and that means one thing, it’s time to prepare the plants and flowers in your beautiful garden. Many plants and bulbs need planting for a period of time in the ground before they bloom, […]
You don’t have to have access to an outdoor space to enjoy the benefits of gardening in your home. Indoor gardening is perfect if you live in the city or have limited or no outdoor space, as plants don’t need to take up much room and you might be surprised […]
Sweet Peas are one of the most popular plants for UK gardens. They are annuals so only last the one summer but the display they give is always amazing; lots and lots of colourful, usually fragrant, flowers growing on bright green stems up to 6-7ft in height. Wonderful!
I love Poinsettia and for me Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one; this year I’ve got four! My four poinsettia are arranged on a deep windowsill in red pots surrounded by a green swag which is covered in red fairy lights – it looks amazing! These days this […]
I have chosen six plants which you should be able to easily find in your local garden centre and that are easy to grow. Most need little attention throughout the year but keep the Dogwoods well pruned to maintain the lovely coloured stems and prune the winter flowering jasmineafter flowering to ensure flowers for the following year.