I like the look of spring flowers in the lawn and am always on the look-out for new ideas. Last March I stumbled across the alpine meadow at RHS Wisley and was enchanted by what I saw. Tiny gold thimbles stretched away as far as the eye could see. Stooping [...]
If you're looking for a shot of cool blue in a high summer garden - plant Echinops. It's largely trouble free and bees of all sorts can't get enough of it. Commonly known as the Globe Thistle, Echinops has steely grey slightly spiky divided stems - but it is the [...]
Edelweiss is a flower known to many thanks to 'The Sound of Music' but I suspect that few could describe what it looks like. Up close it does look interesting but the word beautiful doesn't spring immediately to mind. If Helen of Troy's face was one to launch a thousand [...]
Need a focal point for a courtyard garden or terrace that looks good all year round? Consider growing an outdoor bonsai on a table-top against a plain wall. Hardy varieties provide year-round structural interest and offer the potential for blossom and interesting leaf shapes. They are also easier to look after than you might think.
Forsythia seems to split opinion. Some people find sunshine yellow difficult to incorporate in a garden and I admit to having a love-hate relationship with it. Spring is when I'm most likely to love yellow and my Forsythia has not disappointed this year. Yellow and optimistic Forsythia blossom [...]
Whilst wondering through the Princess of Wales greenhouse at Kew Gardens I spotted an unusual plant in purple white and green and it immediately brought me to mind of the colours of the women's suffragette movement. The suffragettes wore sashes and rosettes in these colours. Purple signified dignity, white purity and green hope.
With their freckled faces and subtle colours of white, plum and mauve, hellebores add a touch of drama and colour to the winter garden. They can be bashful, their faces pointing downwards, so if you have any changes of level in your garden, consider planting them high so you can [...]
Pure white lemon flower Citrus plants such as the lemon are attractive houseplant and conservatory specimens. A lovely feature of citrus is the fact that new season's flowers are displayed alongside the ripening fruit of last season. They also have a strong, delicious scent. Indoors, citrus plants need [...]
This beautiful leaf of the Pilea peperonioides is the perfect St Valentine's heart shape. Commonly known as the Chinese Money Plant, this on-trend houseplant is all the rage.