How to Look After and Care for New Houseplants


In this article, we will be discussing how to care for your newly purchased houseplant. It is a sad fact and not too uncommon for newly, bought houseplants to die within the first few weeks of being brought into a new, unfamiliar home.

The good news is that most of these plants fatalities can be avoided if care is practised in the selection of good, stock plants from reliable suppliers and stockists and sensible precaution are taken to protect them from temperature extreme when you take them home. …

Houseplants for Welcome Indoor Scent


In this article, we will be discussing what houseplants can be grown in the home to give welcome scent.  Often when we want to give scent to our homes, we use artificial means of air fresheners, potpourri, or air purifiers, but there are houseplants that can fulfil the air with such pleasant odours that you wonder what you did before you bought one.

Houseplants, unlike the other means, introduce natural ways of introducing smell to the home and they often look beautiful as well. You are not only …

Creative Festive Winter Containers


In this article, we will be discussing how to create festive winter containers. As the months are passing very quickly and the festive season is soon upon is, then it is time to think about what containers can be made up to provide Christmas cheer.

In this brief article, we will discover how to make a colourful container display that can make a proud statement in your container garden. They are not difficult to do, so let us get cracking.

In most festive winter container displays, holly and …

Making a Mixed Container Display for Shady Spots


In this article, we will be discussing what groups of plants can be used to give a stunning display in the shade. In previous articles, I have discussed to what plants can be grown in various situations in the shade, but in this article, I am going to talk about what wonderful display in groups that you can have in a single container in the shade.

Since traditionally most plants grown in containers love the sun, but in shady areas, it can be difficult to get a container …

Worm Composting- How to get the best from Your Wormery?


In this article, we will be discussing how to get the best from your wormery. In a past article, I have discussed the best way of composting which is viable for most gardeners. The problem is that it needs a lot of space and compostable material to make it a viable option.

Is there an alternative that takes up less space and uses less material and that is where the wormery comes into play?

Worm composting as said previously is great as you do not need much outdoor …

Plants that Can Survive Winter’s Heat and a Dry Atmosphere


In this article, we will be discussing what plant can survive the drying atmosphere of a centrally heated home in winter.

We all know that here in the UK when winter has arrived and it is snowing outside  (I know this does not happen often), we all switch on the central heating to feel nice and warm. We may feel warm and comfortable but do our houseplants?

Certain houseplants hate too much heat; they sulk and drop leaves.

They cannot manage without a period of dormancy; the plant …

Comfrey or Nettle Tea, Which is Better in the Garden?


In this article, we will be discussing whether comfrey or nettle tea or both are better in the garden. In my various articles, I have talked about several fertilisers both inorganic and organic from growmore, fish, blood and bone, Seaweed extract, Q4 Fertiliser, Phostrogen and many more. It is time to see if there is an alternative.

WHY USE NETTLES AND COMFREY?

It is possible to grow your own fertiliser and use it in the garden and hence why comfrey or nettle comes into …

The Best Shrubs to Grow in Containers


In this article, we will be discussing what shrubs can be grown in containers. Sometimes in the container garden, you want bold plants that make statements and this is where shrubs play an important role.

They not only add blooms at various times of the year but also can have colourful leaves and bring more importantly height into the garden.

If you look for focal specimens to grow in large containers in your container garden, then these are the shrubs to grow.

 ABUTILON

At one time these shrubs …

How to Grow Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy in Containers


In this article, we will be discussing how to grow closely related climbers of Virginia creeper and Boston ivy in containers. Both these plants are very attractive in their own way.

In a previous article, I have talked about ivies, especially the English Ivy, but in this present article, we will talk about other climbers that looks just as colourful and attractive.

VIRGINIA CREEPER

Virginia creeper can be said to be one of the best looking deciduous vines; it has green leaflets that come in 5, creating …

Houseplants that Do Not Mind Being in the Shade


In this article, we will be discussing houseplants that seem not to mind being in the shade at all time. Not every home has bright enough areas where a vast array of houseplants can be grown. This is either because your windows are north-facing or that you have tall structures or trees that cause your home to be in constant shade.

You know the type of home where the first thing you have to do when entering is turn a light switch on. This could even be in …