Growing cosmos for cut flowers

Cosmos are one of the easiest, most rewarding flowers you can grow in your garden. Their simple, open flowers have a friendly, smiley, summery demeanor and can be planted in beds, borders, pots and containers all around your garden with simply stunning results.

allium seed heads

How can I save money on plants?

Geoff Hodge shares some hints and tips to make more of your garden plants and save some money by growing something for nothing – or just about!

How can I garden more naturally?

Jean Vernon suggests a few ways to garden more gently, lessening your impact on the planet and its precious resources

My Flower Power Story

Expert gardener Martin Fish has been working in the garden industry for more than forty years. He has been using Richard’s Flower Power plant food in his garden on a wide range of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Begonia Apricot Shades in hanging basket

Begonia ‘Apricot Shades’

If you are new to gardening and want to grow something that is not just really easy but also extremely rewarding, begonia ‘Apricot Shades’ is the plant for you.

Which bulbs are good for pots?

Geoff Stonebanks share’s his advice for planting bulbs in pots and containers

Five great alliums

Add drama and colour to your early summer garden with ornamental alliums.

How to really enjoy your garden

Geoff Stonebanks learns ways to enjoy his garden in lockdown and offers his hard earned advice. In a ‘normal’  year, Geoff Stonebanks opens his summer garden to hundreds of visitors, offering copious refreshments including tea, cakes and even lunch and afternoon teas. This year, the garden has been closed, giving Geoff a time to stand back and take stock.

Buying plants

At this time of year, it’s all go in the garden. There’s lots to get on with, including planting up beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Geoff Hodge has plenty of advice about buying plants. Get the most from your garden centre purchases and choose wisely with his sage advice

Past Highlights of Chelsea Flower Show

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is not the centre of the universe, but usually for one week a year it becomes the pinnacle of all that is great in gardening and horticulture. This year the show is online, but here’s a taster of some of the highs from previous RHS Chelsea Flower Shows

What is RootBooster and does it work?

Already a fan of Flower Power, Geoff Stonebanks takes a look at RootBooster and its benefits for his container based garden.

What are Tree Lilies?

Looking like lilies on steroids, tree lilies produce towering stems that are capable of carrying up to 30, dinner plate sized blooms in summer. Apart from their dramatic good looks, the flowers possess an intoxicating scent that makes spending time outside a true sensory experience.

Meet Primrose ‘Everlast’

Primroses are an elegant early spring flower, creating a splash of colour on the banks, meadows and at the edge of the hedgerows. There is something very pure and graceful about these native wildflowers. You probably grow primulas in your garden. There are lots of brightly coloured amazing hybrids and varieties to add colour and […]

Does Flower Power Plant Food really work?

Award winning garden designer Geoff Stonebanks reveals his most asked visitor question and explains why, for him, Flower Power has become indispensable.

My Flower Power Story – Our Magic Potion

Susan and Keith Wells were gifted Flower Power by a grateful neighbour, now they use it in their garden and call it their Magic Potion

How can I use colour creatively in the garden?

Geoff Stonebanks is an instant gardener, because he wants the area he is creating or changing to look like the image he has in his head, instantly

How do I water container plants?

As a complete novice, as I was back in 2009 when I began gardening, I suppose the one thing I did not think of when creating a garden with so many containers, is the impact the watering would have. If we have many more summers like 2018 I’ll probably have to rethink my garden design. […]

Tips for growing in containers

You can learn a lot from a garden that consists of over 250 pots and containers and wins awards, Geoff Stonebanks offers his hard earned tips

My Flower Power story

Flower Power helped us win three garden competitions this season, says award winning garden owners Alex Redfern and Joe Shannon

Spring bulbs in containers Driftwood

Create a crescendo of colour in your pots and containers, says award winning garden designer Geoff Stonebanks

What’s so great about Cannas?

If you’ve never grown cannas you are missing a great gardening trick says Jean Vernon


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