10 of The Best Gifts to Get a Gardener for Christmas- Be more Adventurous


In this article, I will be reviewing 10 of the best gifts to get a gardener for Christmas. As Christmas is fast approaching and it is coming to the time to think about what gifts to buy your garden mad friends, neighbours, and opposite half.

I know what it is like you try to come up with novel and great ideas but you come up empty-handed. You scratch your head and eventually, you still buy the wrong present. I know some people are difficult to please but with …

Growing Jasmine in Containers-How to Grow this Scented Climber?


In this article, we will be discovering how to grow Jasmine in containers. These plants tend to be valued for their heavenly fragrance produced by their flowers.

Jasmine does twine to some extent, but as a group, they are really in the category of shrubs. Some have long, arching stems, however, which can be grown as vines.

They are very popular in warm climates where they are usually evergreen and bear flowers in winter, spring or summer. This does not mean that these climbers cannot be grown in …

Growing Grasses and Sedges in Containers


In this article, we will be discussing what ornamental grasses and sedges that can be grown in containers.

Grasses and sedges tend to be elegant and versatile plants, with slender foliage and fluffy flowers that contrast beautifully with broad-leaved plants.

In recent years more and more container gardeners realise the decorative value of growing sedges and grasses amongst your container plants. The fine-looking leaves look good contrasting against smooth solid paving slopes. Raising plants up above ground level helps to display the beautiful arching shapes of some of …

Which Way Does Your Garden Face- Getting the Planting Right Based on Sunlight Levels


In this article, we will be determining which direction your garden or container garden face, as this often determines what plants will do well. The amount of sunlight plants get will determining what will flourish and what will struggle.

If you read my various articles, you know that I make stress to the plants preferred light growing conditions, be it in full sun, partial or full shade. This article is to help you determine which direction your garden is facing.

If you know the garden aspects, it will …

Climbing Houseplants for your Home


In this article, we will be discussing the best climbing houseplants to have in your home. I have talked about the best tall houseplants to have in a previous article, and that included climbing plants., but in this article, I will be extending this and talk about houseplants that can grow and occupy plenty of vertical space.

These houseplants often bring the beauty of growing vines into the home environment, where they can be admired. The beauty of climbing houseplants is that they make a bold statement in …

Plants for Beside Walls and Fences in Containers in the Shade


In this article, we will be talking about plants that can be used to grow beside walls and fences in containers in the shade. As you can imagine this is a much more difficult area to have plants grow successfully, especially if you compare it to my article of growing beside walls and fences in containers in full sun.

When areas near tall vertical walls and fences do not make a natural home for plants, and few can tolerate the darkness and rainless growing conditions.

Apart from …

Plants For Beside Walls and Fences in Containers in the Sun


In this article, we will be discussing what plant can go beside walls and fence in containers in the sun. When you look out in the garden, you often see boring walls and fences, which you can grow climbers on but then you wonder what plants can be grown near them and flourish.

The plants growing in this location will soften the appearance of these hard surfaces by spacing flowers and foliage nearby.

The plants that grow must be considered so that they can grow in harsher condition …

How to Water Container Plants the Right Way?


In this article, we will discuss the right way to water your containers. In a past article, I have talked about watering but now I want to go onto this in greater depth, so you know how to water your container plant right.

This is so important, as in summer you often see plants in containers die of over or under-watering. It is a shame when this happens, but it can be easily avoided.

When we get a prolonged dry spell in the UK, which is not as …

Methods of Organic Control in the Container Garden


In this article, all methods of organic control that can be used in the container garden will be discussed. Not all of us like to use synthetic chemicals to control pest and diseases, as some prefer the more natural approach. This may result in lower quality crops or not so many colourful blooms, but it is the way nature has attended.

This is known as organic gardening. Some people seem to spray indiscriminately and this can upset the natural ecosystem that forms in the garden. You may be …

Plants for Exposed Sites in Containers in the Shade


In this article, we will be discussing what plants can be grown in containers for exposed sites in the shade. In a previous article, I have talked about what plants can be used in an exposed site in containers in full sun.

As we all do not have this luxury, we also need to consider what plant can be grown in the shade where frosts and winds can be a real hazard. The major drawback is that you cannot rely on the sun to brighten up the plants, …