More Jobs to Keep Your April Garden Looking Good

If your borders have ‘bare patches’, now is a good time to sow hardy annuals outdoors. Good example are sunflowers, calendula, poppy, love-in-a-mist, larkspur, poached egg flowers, lavatera, alyssum, cornflower, night scented stock, and climbers like nasturtium and scented sweet pea. There are lots to choose from and it’s a simple job of sowing them straight into the ground. Make … Read More

Growing your own Medicine Cabinet

using herbs for medicinal purposes

Using plants as medicines For centuries many of the common plants we use today in our borders and hanging baskets have been grown for medicinal purposes. You can literally grow your own medicine cabinet, although it’s always sensible to check that things grown in the garden are safe. The has been a huge increase in demand for popular herbal remedies … Read More

Sheena’s star plant of the month: Fritillaria meleagris

The snakeshead fritillary is an upright, slender, bulbous perennial, probably best seen naturalised in grass. For me, the beauty of this plant is its elegant simplicity and I often use it when creating a wildflower border in gardens. At the beginning of the 20th century, meadows of fritillaries were commonplace around Britain but many of these areas were seriously affected … Read More