Usually we recommend plants because they’re beautiful, easy-to-grow or give long-lasting displays of colour. Halloween’s a special case however so here’s a few suggestions for spooky plants that will add a certain something to your Halloween party: (more…)
From the simplest of jack-o’-lanterns to award-winning carvings, pumpkin decorations are a central feature of Halloween celebrations. They are essential (if not the only) part of your holiday garden decorations. A must-have, if you have kids. But most of all for many of us, it’s a way to showcase a special part of ourselves – creativity, no other time of the year can bring to the spotlight. (more…)
If you have a garden you’re more in touch with the changing seasons than those poor souls who have to live without one. Nature has a time for everything, and winter is a time for rest and recuperation.
Or at least all you need to know to decide if you’d like to grow a bonsai yourself! If you do decide to give it a go you’ll be entering a whole new world of gardening skills. Bonsai are fascinating and can be very beautiful but they do require a significant commitment from their guardians. (more…)
There’s a time and a place for all things and one of the marks of a great gardener is knowing what to do when and where to put what. There’s no such thing as a bad plant, but there are a few that you don’t want in your London garden.
As Patricia Hewitson recently discovered – gardening can have serious consequences in the UK. Mrs. Hewitson contacted BBC radio Devon for help in identifying a weed spotted in her garden. She sent off an email including pictures to the station and received a reply not just from them but also from Devon and Cornwall Police. (more…)
Fantastic Gardeners has been scoring high with London residents and businesses for many years, and now it’s time for us to grow and develop our service in the Bristol area, too. We’re bowled over by our expansion plans to extend our coverage area to include the following areas:
- Bristol – Clifton, Redland, Cotham, Bishopston and Horfield
- Somerset – Taunton and Wellington (more…)
Is there such a thing as a home that’s ‘too small for houseplants’?
We think not but in an apartment where every inch of space counts you need to make your selection very carefully. There are plenty of tiny plants to choose from. From classic to quirky, whatever your style there’s something to suit. Here’s a few ideas to get you started. (more…)
Apps for your phone that can help you garden? On the face of it, it might sound like an odd idea. Gardening’s about getting out there with a spade and folk, getting your hands grubby and pulling up those weeds. Well, yes, it’s all of that, but it’s also about planning and plotting. There are apps to help you design your garden, others which help you learn more about it, and rich resources available to give you ideas and inspiration. Here’s a roundup of some of our favourites. (more…)
It may surprise you to know that some really quite common house and garden plants are toxic, in some cases significantly so. We’re not saying that this is a reason not to have them at all, but it’s useful to know about them so that you can make sure that your children or pets aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks. (more…)
Even Young People Get Excited About Gardening in the UK
It may surprise you, and to be honest it surprised us, but a recent survey shows that the younger generation in the UK is going back to the land. Far from spending all their time on Facebook or Twitter, the average 25-35 year old spends around 12 to 15 hours a month working on their garden. They’re not just investing time either; the survey commissioned by Alfresia demonstrates a significant increase in financial input too, up from an average of £273 to £518 per couple per summer. (more…)