Gardens

Renowned for its violas and Wild Swan anemone, this Dumfries & Galloway nursery has launched its 2019 catalogue; if you're after plants for a cottage garden, you're spoiled for choice

Alexander Rose wood bench from The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co
we need bees.

Bee numbers continue to decline in the UK, and in other parts of the world. Bees play a crucial role in our eco system so we need to help them out urgently.

mona leafa by Nathan Wyburn

B&Q asked artist Nathan Wyburn to use a lawn as a canvas and leaves as his paint

Cleo Blue in/outdoor rug by Dash & Albert made from recycled PET. From £136

Outdoor rugs made from recycled polyester or plastic are great for impromptu picnics or sprucing up your deck or terrace for those Indian summer gatherings

garden rooms are fab

We needed an extra room that could be an office, a telly space for teens and even a spare bedroom. The garden was the obvious place but it is a pocket handkerchief space. Joiner and builder Tim Mansfield wasn't fazed.

Should you have a garden that's big enough, it makes sense to put in a garden room if you need a home office, somewhere to put growing kids, sprightly grandparents or overnight guests, or you need a place to escape to. Sheds ain't what they used to be you know

Lawn School with David Hedges Gower

David Hedges Gower is on a mission banish lawn neglect. A well-tended lawn is a work of natural beauty, so if you want to learn how to keep yours in rude health, heed his advice

Succulents are fat leafed plants..they're plump with water

Succulents were the height of bohemian chic in the '70s and they're enjoying a resurgence thanks to a focus on easy-care plants and the need to do something about our indoor air quality. Grower Fiona Weymss of Kent-based Blueleaf Plants gives us the lowdown on these adorable little creatures

Peony Red Charm

Nurseryman Alec White of Befordshire’s Primrose Hall Nursery urges us to fill our gardens with peonies, that most lushly petalled beauty

cake is designed by gardener David Domoney

Head to this year's Ideal Home Show where a giant plant cake will be centre stage, highlighting the delights of vertical gardening

butterflies are a good sign your garden's supporting wildlife

A wildlife-friendly garden doesn't have to be wildly overgrown. Wildlife can live happily in well-tended gardens - as long as we make a few provisions for our dear little bird, bee and insect friends. And red squirrels. But not foxes.. because they're just too annoying..

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