Growing grapes in your garden

Grapes are tremendously satisfying plants to grow and hardy varieties such as white Theresa, an outstanding dual purpose variety, which produces unusually long, sparkling white berries with a fine aromatic flavour which ripen in late September, or black Muscat Bleu, which have a rich sweet flavour, can be grown outdoors.  The best spot for planting Read More

Pamper with pumpkin

Pumpkin is a powerhouse when it comes to skin care as it gives dull skin an instant glow, visibly improving texture and tones with substances that soothe, hydrate and renew skin and help tame the signs of aging. Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi ( in Bournemouth has been using pumpkin juice for reducing puffy skin and Read More

Diddy daffs

You don’t need much space or skill to grow diddy or mini daffs (narcissus), simply plant the bulbs in pots or borders through September and October and wait! These dainty plants, are completely winter-proof and without too much effort will poke their noses through frosted ground in early spring For a dazzling display, plant masses Read More

Drink your garden

If you grow your own fruit and vegetables you will no doubt have made jams and chutneys galore and probably given much of it away. So what are you going to do with the glut this year? The best advice is to make soft drinks, tisanes, wine and all manner of tipples and join the Read More

Floral firework

Spring-bloomers aren’t the only bulbs to plant in autumn. You can enjoy instant colour and extend the season with Jersey lilies or nerines, which are available from garden centres until the end of October. These floral fireworks are a welcome flash of colour as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. For maximum impact Read More

New season, new look

Now that there’s a definite chill to the air and a softer, golden quality to the morning light, you’ll find that there’s plenty of bright pink and purple blooms and berries to enjoy before you settle into the mellow yellow shades of autumn. Whilst ornamental grasses are great season stretchers and many, such as Miscanthus, produce Read More

The greenhouse effect

A fully productive greenhouse is similar to having a family pet – it will need a bit of your attention every day! Despite the hard work, once you’ve reaped the rewards of tasting your own chili peppers, peaches or tomatoes and raised your own garden plants for a fraction of the price charged at the Read More

Berries for birds

Your garden can provide birds with essentials such as food, shelter and the chance of finding a mate so make it appealing to them by installing a birdbath and plenty of nest boxes and make your borders a haven for birds by boosting them with berried trees and shrubs. Birds prefer untidy borders, so to Read More

All about heathers

Heathers are incredible plants that offer real value for money, as they provide a splash of vibrant colour, more or less the year round and especially in autumn and winter. Currently, there are more than 500 heather varieties to choose from with light to dark green, silver, yellow, grey or purple evergreen leaves. Heathers long-lasting Read More

Jacob plans a surprise

Now almost 5, Jacob is becoming more adventurous in his garden. He knows that we have to plant bulbs in the autumn, so when he visited the garden shop, he chose some ‘lovely’ flowers that he wants to plant in his garden to surprise his mummy when they bloom in spring. His favourite colour is Read More