Any gardener will tell you that when you’re looking for inspiration for your own garden, the best place to look is someone else’s! You might think that a castle garden, particularly one created around a castle once used as a prison camp, would be a little grand to offer anything to the average suburban gardener. A visit to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent will prove you wrong.
There’s both anecdotal and even some scientific evidence that gardeners live longer than non-gardeners. Some suggest up to 14 years longer, that’s pretty impressive! So, why is gardening so good for you? (more…)
The Work & Family Show will see a debut appearance from London based professional garden design, maintenance and care company Fantastic Gardeners when it opens its doors at this year at London’s ExCeL exhibition center on February the 21st and 22nd. (more…)
It’s easy in summer. Plums, apples, strawberries, apricots or peaches, raspberries and currants to name but a few. Give a little garden space over to fruits and you’ll have crops through the warmer seasons waiting to be picked, gathered and eaten. Ask your Fantastic Gardeners to help you design beds and suggest fruit trees that will do well in your garden. (more…)
It’s something of a tradition to ‘say it with flowers’. For Valentine’s Day the ultimate statement is red roses; they are the traditional symbol of love after all. If red roses have a strong meaning for you and your partner then I hope you get some, or send some. If however you’re not wedded to tradition, then you might like to consider a more long lasting gift. (more…)
Every gardener aspires to give their garden year round interest and each season brings it’s own challenges and opportunities. From the risks of late frosts in spring, which can damage tender buds, through to drought in summer, (hard though that is to believe given the rainfall this year), on to gales in autumn; Fantastic Gardeners know that any time of year presents issues to be thought through and overcome. (more…)
Every keen gardener wants their garden to have year round interest. Spring, summer and autumn are easy. There’s so much choice that your biggest problem is deciding what you have to live without. When it comes to winter you’re more limited, but there’re still plenty of beautiful shrubs and trees to choose from. Make sure your Fantastic Gardeners plant things for winter interest where you can see them from inside your home. That way you don’t have to go out into the cold to enjoy your winter colour. Consider some of the following: (more…)
You might think that having no outdoor space means you can’t have a garden. You’re in for a surprise! It’s quite possible to have a tiny garden indoors, and our Fantastic Gardeners will be more than happy to care for it, if you’re pushed for time.
There are lots of reasons why having an indoor garden is a fabulous idea. Here’re just five:
1) The air quality in your apartment will improve. Plants take up carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Since humans do the opposite, plants and people make a great partnership. Plants absorb other impurities from the air too, and just looking at your perfect miniature indoor garden will improve your health by improving your spirits. (more…)
Winter can be a tough time for gardeners. The leaves are off the trees, perennials are resting, there are less flowers and any way you look at it your garden is rather more bare than at at any other time of year.
One definite advantage of this time of year is that the structural elements of your garden are more visible and accessible than they are in summer. Another is that resting plants require less attention. Take advantage of the time freed up and the opportunity to see into every corner, by tacking maintenance that is more difficult when your garden is budding and flowering. This might mean repairing fences, painting walls, or planning new paths and maintaining old ones. (more…)