AS the scourge of plastic continues within the gardening industry, with an estimated 500 million black plastic plant pots in use in the UK each year, surely the least we can do is seek eco-friendly alternatives in which to raise our seedlings.
THERE’S a lot to be said for hiring a garden designer and contractors to transform your garden over a relatively short period, ensuring you're equipped with the trendiest plants and hippest hard landscaping.
AS early lupins, cranesbill geraniums and other early-summer-flowering perennials fade, how are you going to fill the gaps in your borders? Giving some spent perennials a good haircut may help a second flush of blooms, but these are seldom as impressive as the first flowers, so it's good to have a few fillers waiting in the wing.
Nosy neighbours – they can be a right nuisance, can't they? Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy your garden haven with family and friends, those nosy folk are popping their heads over the fence for a gossip, a snoop and maybe even an invitation.
WE HAVE lift off. As mid-summer fast approaches, the ornamental garden has responded accordingly – the billowing foliage of the cranesbill geraniums topped by pink and mauve flowers, bees buzzing around the bright yellow emerging blooms of the Anthemis, while the papery, red oriental poppies burst from buds resembling furry alien eggs.
TV plantswoman Carol Klein has spoken to head gardeners and owners of four of Britain's most glorious gardens to find out how they achieve such amazing results – and is now sharing the secrets of their success with the public in her new Channel 5 series Great British Gardens.
1. Distract nuisance pests: Use nasturtiums, which are great for attracting pollinators, but they also attract aphids and cabbage white butterflies, so be prepared to plant them in the garden as sacrificial plants to draw pests from other plants.