A different take on garden visiting

It may not seem very original to write about garden visiting for the summer months and I certainly often encourage readers to reap the benefits of visiting other gardens.  But this time I am suggesting that you start your visit slightly differently.  There is still the opportunity to find new plants, examine planting combinations and design features and gather...

Green roofs big & small

There has been quite a surge of interest in Green Roofs over the last few years, although the first ones were created in 1960s. There are several key differences between a green roof and a roof top garden although obviously both involve plants growing on top of a building and require a flat, structurally strong and waterproofed roof.  All...

Chef’s Pencil: Growing Herbs

Growing Herbs Indoors: 7 Experts Share their Tips! I was recently delighted to be one of seven gardening experts from US, Singapore & UK who contributed to a feature about Growing Herbs Indoors published on the Chef's Pencil site.  This informative article covers the 'soup to nuts' of herb growing at home, helping you to choose herbs to grow, get started with seeds...

Summer care for Roses

June must be the month for Roses and many will continue to flower right through until the autumn.  Most gardeners who grow roses know that rose bushes are pruned in early spring but beyond that knowledge gets a bit thin!  So what should we be doing to help our roses give the best display for the longest time? Well clearly...

Drought tolerant planting

I have seen quite a few articles in the last few months promoting the idea of UK gardeners changing their borders to include more “drought tolerant plants”.  Although it may seem intuitively as if ‘drought’ goes with ‘global warming’, the reality is not that simple especially in gardening terms.  Whilst the UK may see higher temperatures in summer, the...