Plants, trees, & flowers
Plants, trees and flowers are the most important part of your garden. Wondering how to prune roses? Or how to plant a tree? Get inspiration for your garden with our plants of the month and read through our tips and tricks so you can get your garden looking at it's very best. Plants, trees and flowers are essential to gardening success and you'll find that they bring a wealth of colour and life to your life.
If you're after tips to get your garden plants looking their very best, you have come to the right place. Outdoor plants are the life and soul of your garden so you need to make sure that you're giving them the proper attention they need.
How to Prune your Roses
There's never a one size fits all to gardening, this is also the case when pruning roses. The idea behind rose pruning is so that you encourage your plants to grow vigorously and that they flower each year immensely. There is lots of diversity amongst roses, but most only require light pruning. In the video below, Tamsin Westhorpe of English Garden Magazine walks you through the process of how to prune your shrub roses to get an incredible bloom when the season comes around.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Pruning Apple Trees
Growing Fruit yourself can be an extremely satisfying and fulfilling adventure to embark on. both in terms of the therapeutic process, and the end product. If you've been growing an apple tree and want to get the most out of it, you should definitely look into the essential task of pruning it. the benefits of pruning are endless. your tree will have more life to it, pruning quickens growth, and your tree will produce a better quality of fruit as well as more of it over time. Trust us when we say that you don't want your apple tree to descend into chaos as a result of neglecting to prune it. Just follow along with our easy steps and you can prune your apple tree yourself today.
Plant tulips in great drifts through the garden for your best display ever next spring. These spectacular bulbs are planted a little later to avoid tulip fire, a disfiguring fungal disease. But now it's quite safe - so stock up from the great range now on sale from your garden centre!
Look out for the new must-have star plant24-07-2015
Look out for the new must-have star plant arriving on the benches in your garden centre – Salvia 'Love and Wishes', winner of this year's Best in Show in the New Plant Awards, at the National Plant Show in Warwickshire.
RHS Tatton Park Flower Show21-07-2015
Enjoy the colourful spectacle of the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show which opens its gates this week in Cheshire. You'll find tons of inspiration, from specialist nurseries showing off the latest new plants to spectacular show gardens packed with good ideas.
The plant of the month for July is the salvia07-07-2015
The plant of the month for July is the salvia
Now is the time to prune buddleja10-04-2015
Now is the time to prune buddleja - and you can be really brutal. Cut it right back and you'll encourage loads of fresh growth to explode from the base this spring, and since buddlejas flower on this year's new branches that means lots of flowers.
The plant of the month for April is the rhododendron31-03-2015
The plant of the month for April is the rhododendron, coming into full and spectacular flower from this month onwards.
Prune coloured dogwoods24-03-2015
Prune coloured dogwoods to encourage a dazzling display of those vivid red stems again next year.
Prune your roses27-02-2015
Prune your roses this month before the spring takes a proper hold and they're starting to put on new growth.
Plant an edible hedge24-02-2015
Plant an edible hedge for a dual-purpose garden feature which tastes as good as it looks – and is really useful too!
Prune hardy fuchsias17-02-2015
Prune hardy fuchsias to tidy them up while the spring shoots are still dormant, and you'll find they erupt in fresh green growth from next month onwards ready for their lovely long-lasting display of pendent purple and red flowers through summer.
Get your creepers under control30-01-2015
Get your creepers under control before they invade your house and treat them to a haircut so they're at their shapely best ready for new growth to appear in spring.
Plant a nut tree03-12-2014
Plant a nut tree for an unusual and beautiful addition to your kitchen garden. Nuts make a change from the usual apples and pears, and with their delicate spring blossom and good autumn colour they're easily ornamental enough to provide a pretty focal point among perennials and shrubs. Plus you get a bumper harvest!