Metal plant labels

What’s the best way to label garden plants?

After years of experimenting with different plant labelling techniques, Tamsin Westhorpe shares her views on how to keep track of specimens in the garden.

carpet of snowdrops

Where to see snowdrops in 2023

With spring in the air, the snowdrops are the stars of the show. Here are some great gardens where you can see snowdrops this February.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Creating autumnal garden hues

Geoff Stonebanks gives an insight into the autumnal hues at his award winning garden Driftwood Garden

Pennisetum Hameln

Five Great Late Season Grasses

Use grasses to bring alive the late summer garden. Neil Lucas from Knoll Gardens in Dorset selects five great late summer grasses for your garden

What’s seasonal in the late summer garden?

Tamsin Westhorpe reminds us why September is a month to savour and celebrate. Late flowering perennials and seasonal fruit take her fancy.

Easy Savoury Summer Treats

Every summer Geoff Stonebanks bakes lots of different cakes, sweet and savoury for his open garden, to raise money for charity.
Two of the most popular savoury treats that Geoff makes for his garden visitors over recent years are his ricotta cheesecake and his savoury muffins. Here he shares his recipes.

Which bulbs are good for pots?

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

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.

Sweet treats for garden visitors

Make a high tea for a special friend, or bake a cake for a birthday, Geoff Stonebanks shares two of his most popular open garden day recipes

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

Where can I taste mulberries?

What’s red in tooth and paw? Vicki Cooke unearths and explores the myth and magic of mulberries

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. […]

Renaissance Garden at David Austin Roses

5 rose gardens to visit

Rose expert Michael Marriott recommends five fabulous rose gardens to visit in the UK this summer.

Plant a tree for life

The tree you choose to plant will make an impact on lives, so Tamsin Westhorpe is keen that you choose it wisely

Five RHS Chelsea 2019 Show Gardens

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the amazing Show Gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a tall order, but Jean Vernon picks her five favourites

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

Spring bulbs in containers Driftwood

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

Five Fab Sussex Gardens

The rolling Sussex countryside overflows with garden inspiration. Here are five exceptional gardens to explore. Research now and compile your ‘must visit’ garden’s wish list for this season

Five great hellebores

The hellebore is a fabulous winter garden stalwart. Specialist nurseryman John Massey chooses five of his favourites.


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