If you think November is all about raking leaves and tidying up think again. There’s no reason at all why your autumn and winter garden should be short on colour and a good display at this time of year makes you look like an expert. As Christopher Lloyd (a very wise gardener) said, nobody expects anything of a November garden, so anything that does produce flower is a bonus! (more…)
What would you expect to be the biggest challenge for a botanical gardens?
You might think of pests and diseases; they’re constantly introducing new species of plants from all over the world, there has to be a risk that they might be harbouring some exotic nasty. Or perhaps the issues around climate change spring to mind; with more rain, more storms, hotter and colder temperatures extremes, some species are bound to struggle. (more…)
As the year draws to a close, many of your gardening tasks are about tidying up and putting things to bed. Help your garden rest safely through the winter by: (more…)
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…)