Growing Helianthus in Containers- Growing Sunflowers

In this article, we will discover how to grow the firm favourite of Helianthus in containers. To the botanist, it is a Helianthus, but to most gardeners and children it is a sunflower, large flower heads that follow the sun. You may enjoy the large flower heads but you wonder if they can be grown in containers? Worry not as this article will address this issue.

First, if you want to grow a sunflower in a container forget about tall giants, they simply look silly and out of proportion. Instead grow smaller, dwarf varieties less than 1m in height or …

Creating Colour Schemes and Themes for Window Boxes

In this article, we will discuss how the colour and theme you decorate your window boxes lend themselves to particularly planting schemes. In previous articles, I have discussed how to plant a gothic window box and a Victorian-style window box, but in this article, we will extend our designs.

For example, you can create a seaside theme by using seashell motifs painted at the side of the window box.

This suggests plants that are resistant to salty air and will look good in a container that is painted a light silvery-blue colour, In this theme, shrubs, herbs and grasses …

Creating a Period Style Window Box

In this article, we will be discovering how to create exciting period-style window boxes that can brighten up any home. To some, traditional window boxes are a little bit boring and they want to have more elaborate and stunning designs in their window boxes.

It is very easy to achieve and you can have Gothic and Victorian-styled window boxes and in this article, you will find out how this can be done.

All you need to do is construct a window box to your own design and dimensions to fit over the plastic trough that will be used. This

How to Create a Wooden Window Box Container

In this article, we will create a window box that acts as a wooden surround that will enclose a standard-sized plastic trough.  The aim is to have a wooden box that surrounds the plastic that can be adapted to your own personal preference.

In a previous article, I have discussed how to create a wooden container using tongue and groove cladding, but in this case, the tongue and groove cladding used will have a more detailed profile to give it more style. You have several choices as to what cladding you can use, but no matter what you go …

How to Make a Simple Wooden Planter

In this article, we will be discovering how to make a simple wooden planter. I know that some of us like to do our own DIY projects and creating wooden planters is no different. If you are itching to create your own and can do basic DIY jobs, then these wooden planters are for you.

In my numerous articles, I have talked about the various containers that can be used in container gardening but wooden planters are some of the most versatile that you can have (see my article on using wooden containers in the garden). The beauty …

How to Deal with Common Pests and Diseases Found in the Garden

In this article, we will discuss effective treatments to deal with common pests and diseases found in the garden. In a previous article, I have discussed why it is important to have a healthy plant but we will still face pests and diseases and in this article, we will discuss the best way to deal with them.



These are soft sap-sucking black, green or whiteflies that are sometimes winged. They weaken and distort growth, whilst carrying viral diseases. They also secrete honeydew that will support the growth of the fungal infection called …

How to Keep Your Plants Healthy

In this article, we will discuss how once you have obtained or reared your plants how to keep them as healthy as possible. I have talked about pests and diseases in the past, but in this article, we are going to talk about what you can do to minimize damage to your plants.

Pests and diseases are part of life for gardeners as they are important actors in the natural cycle of life of decay and death. The arrival of pests and diseases does not need to cause you to go into a panic as it is not a …

How to Save Your Own Seeds- Be a Thrifty Gardener

In this article, we will discuss why and grow you should save your seed.

Most people have lost the ability to save seeds, as this is one of the best ways to save money, the question is why should you buy seeds when you can save your own?

The problem is that in the last 50 years or so gardeners have gradually turned from seed gathers and savers to buying commercial seeds.


This is because most seeds you buy are crosses of two or more parent plants, and therefore will not breed …

How to Prune to Manipulate Plants

In this article, we will be discussing how to prune perennials so that the plant can be manipulated for your benefit. Try using these techniques so that you can extend or renew blooming, encourage new lush growth, reduce the plant height, keep them from becoming invaders and to prevent pests and diseases from taking hold.

In a previous article, I have discussed the rough guide on how to prune plants that included perennials, but in this article, we will go further.


If you have a windy, exposed site such as a roof garden or …

Rough Guide to Pruning-Getting the Basics Right

In this article, we will discover the best way to pruning your plants, a task which every gardener must learn, even container gardeners. The problem is a lot of inexperienced gardeners do it wrong. To understand pruning, you need to know why you need to prune in the first place.

This is done for 3 main reasons:

  •  To remove unhealthy and dead material to make it look better.
  •  To stop a monster from being reared in your garden, so it is kept to a certain size and shape.
  •   and to increase the production of flowers and therefore fruiting.

This can …