Plants for a purpose

Here’s everything you need to know about growing plants for a purpose. Whether you’re looking for plants that thrive in coastal gardens, or you’re researching climbers to cover unsightly walls or fences, our dedicated hub page contains a wealth of information. Want to create a wildlife-friendly garden? We’ve got you covered.

When you’re ready to make a purchase, browse our extensive range of plants for pollinators. Or if you’re eager to plan a low-maintenance garden that thrives in hot weather, visit our drought tolerant plants category.

Do you know what type of soil you have? Here’s how to assess the soil in your garden along with tips on which plants will grow successfully in your beds and borders.

If you’re growing in a south-facing garden, here are the plants, flowers, climbers and trees that thrive in full sun. Read the full article for expert advice.

Gardening in windy, cold or exposed locations certainly presents challenges, but there are plenty of amazing plants that cope well with tricky conditions. See our checklist for ideas.

Did you know that sunflowers are an essential food source for birds, butterflies and bees? If supporting wildlife is your main priority, here’s a list of plants that you really need to grow.

Ground cover plants hide unsightly bare patches, suppress weeds and help to stabilise slopes. For advice on what to plant in sunny or shady corners, read on…

A hot new gardening trend, chaos gardening is also a wildlife-friendly way to grow plants and flowers. Learn more about it here.

'Edimentals' like bronze fennel and asparagus ferns are beautiful and delicious. Try growing these unusual edible flowers to brighten your borders and your plate.

Whether you’re looking to hide unsightly walls, or add a little height and drama to borders, these are the best climbing plants to bring vertical interest to your garden.

If you like to create a talking point and want to incorporate unusual varieties in your garden, here are 10 plants to help you stand out from the crowd.

Do you long for a lush tropical theme to give your garden the wow-factor? Create your own mini jungle with these easy-to-grow exotic plants, flowers and climbers.

Even the smallest garden or courtyard can incorporate a tree. You just need to choose the right size and variety. Try our suggestions for summer, autumn or winter interest.

"Marginal plants are the ‘engine room’ of the pond," explains Simon from Garden of Eaden. Learn how to plant your pond correctly with advice from the experts.

Here's everything you need to know about planting up a garden pond, including the different aquatic zones and specific variety advice.

With expert advice from Carol Bartlett of The Sunday Gardener, here are some resilient plants that have the staying power to fill even the trickiest of spots.

Looking for plants that cope well in damp or dry shade? Here’s how to make the most of the darker areas in your garden. You can even grow vegetables!

Sharing her personal experiences of gardening in shady conditions, Mandy Bradshaw has some excellent advice on what has grown well in sunless courtyards and dry shady beds.

Not sure which drought-resistant plants to grow? Here’s a list of shrubs, flowers, grasses and ground cover plants that cope well in full sun and shade.

Professionals like @arcadia_landscape_design incorporate textures, seedheads and foliage colours to help dry gardens look good in autumn. Find more tips here.

Sharing her favourite planting combinations, Carol Bartlett has some expert advice on which drought-tolerant plants look amazing even in the midst of a hot summer.

Our expert horticultural team has recommended some of the best drought resistant plants to cope with increasingly hot summers. Preserving water? Here’s what to grow.

Geoff Stonebanks replanted an area of Driftwood Garden with drought-tolerant plants to reduce the burden of watering. Take a peek here.

When a long, hot summer causes Sue’s tree to wither, see what T&M’s horticultural expert does to drought-proof her garden for future hot spells.

Browse our full range of drought tolerant plants. Choose from scented shrubs, award-winning sedums, or striking foliage plants - all suitable for hot and dry conditions.

Help minibeasts thrive with our range of plants for pollinators. Explore gorgeous perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees to support native pollinators throughout the year.

Buy your alpines and rockery plants here. Browse hardy, eye-catching flowers and succulents that look amazing in rockeries or containers.

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