Preparing the April Garden for the Summer Ahead

Traditional English gardens require a lot of water. Conserving it in beds and borders is becoming more of a priority to many of us, especially after the long hot summer we had last year. It just shows that we can’t always count on rain from heaven to keep things green and growing and it seems inevitable to me that us … Read More

Sheena’s Star Plant for April: Amelanchier lamarckii

White flowers

A versatile, small-sized tree with a softly arching, sometimes spreading habit, Amelanchier is valued for its subtle blossom in spring, its light dappled shade in summer, and its attractive autumn tints. Leaves emerge bronze, with the flowers, phasing to green in summer. Ideal as a specimen in a small garden, after ten years it will grow to 4-5m. An amelanchier’s … Read More

Water Saving Tips for the Garden

Top Water Saving Tips for the Garden this Summer Traditional English gardens require a lot of water. Conserving it in beds and borders is becoming more of a priority to many of us, especially after the long hot summer we had last year. It just shows that we can’t always count on rain from heaven to keep things green and … Read More

April is a Good Time for Container Planting

The one activity most gardeners share, whether they own a large estate or just a tiny courtyard, is growing plants in containers. Almost all gardeners do it – with good reason. Cultivating plants in hanging baskets, window boxes, troughs, pots, tubs, even old wheelbarrows is immensely, instantly rewarding and offers great scope for the imagination. By growing plants in pots, … Read More

Maintenance Jobs for the April Garden

There are no excuses; it’s well and truly time to get busy in the garden. April is the most exciting month of the year in the gardening calendar. Things suddenly begin to look green and vibrant and the warmer days and lighter evenings can gladden the heart of every gardener. So, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and … Read More