These easy to follow guides are ideal for beginner gardeners who are just getting started on planning out their garden and will help you to pick the right plant for the right place and the right purpose.
Coming back year after year, perennial plants in pots are an easy solution to brightening up your patio or balcony areas. Including a fantastic variety of foliage colours, flower shapes and heights, perennial plants can really bring something different to your container displays, and are often attractive to bees and butterflies.
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Companion planting is all about creating plant communities which have mutual benefits to each other. It can be an organic way to protect your crops from pests or it could help improve pollination of fruit and vegetable crops.
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Climbers and wall shrubs are great for screening unsightly areas of the garden, brightening up bare walls and adding height to your borders. We’ve put together a list of climbing plants for shade and sun so whatever surface you’re trying to cover you will find something suitable here!
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There are so many benefits to attracting wildlife into your garden. Apart from saving the decline of our native species, garden wildlife also acts as a natural pest control, preventing the need to spray harmful chemicals all over your garden.
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Ground cover plants are useful in the garden for covering bare patches of soil beneath trees or shrubs or for covering steep banks where access is difficult. Their roots also help to stabilise soil on steep slopes. Ground cover plants brighten up otherwise dull areas and will suppress weeds, making them ideal for a low-maintenance garden.
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If you garden on the coast or your garden is exposed to strong winds then this is the guide for you! Exposed gardens often bear the full brunt of the weather, from icy gales in the depths of winter to drying winds in the summer which scorch foliage and break fragile stems.
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Whether you garden on clay, silt or sand there are steps you can take to improve your soil and get the best performance from your plants. Your first step is to find out what type of soil you have and which plants work best for your soil type.
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A south-facing, sunny garden is an ideal location for lots of plants. Drought-tolerant plants are capable of coping with hot and dry conditions, although provided you water regularly, you needn’t be limited to drought-tolerant plants alone.
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Most gardeners have at least one difficult spot in their garden. One of the most challenging is the shade cast by buildings and trees. A shady spot can be difficult for plants as it creates a cool environment and is often coupled with dry soil or very damp soil.
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When choosing trees for small gardens it is worth considering just how much space you have and which seasons of interest best suit your planting scheme. Trees can bring all sorts of interest to your garden whether through flowers, foliage, fruit or bark.
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