Gardening Articles

Tuesday, 29 January 2019  |  Alison
RHS Plant Hardiness Ratings - Get Into the Zone

Plant hardiness ratings were first introduced in North America, with the publication of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map in 1960. This was designed to help gardeners determine which plants would ‘over winter’ in their particular area of the vast country of the USA, where there are many different climates, from the almost arctic conditions of Alaska in the north, down to tropical climes of Florida in the southern states.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019  |  Alison
The future of the Horticulture Industry in the UK

There are many professional horticulturalists in the much-underrated but hugely rewarding and satisfying horticultural trade and the industry contributed some £24.2 billion from ornamental horticulture to the UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2017.

Many more are amateur but passionate gardeners ‘working’ in their own gardens or allotments, even balconies, so much so that it has been stated that 49.5% of the UK population do some form of gardening every week, which adds up to a lot of spending in garden nurseries and, in recent years, online.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019  |  Alison
Your guide to Gardening in 2019 - Colours, Trends and Styles

With the New Year upon us now and life returning to normal, (Is there such a thing as normal, I wonder) it is my chance to look ahead to the gardening year before us and let you know what is new and exciting in the horticulture world alongside trending colours and styles that filter through to practically every part of the design world from high fashion clothing and jewellery to our tubs of flowers on the patio and hanging baskets.

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1 CommentSaturday, 29 December 2018  |  Alison
Remember …. Hollies are not just for Christmas

I love Hollies. Not just in winter, but spring, summer and autumn too. I love to see them in a pot, grown as a 4ft standard with a lollipop ball of red berries and greenery and used as sentinels outside front doors, or as hedging in the countryside lanes or as stand-alone specimen trees in gardens or as scrubby shrubs under oaks and beech trees in ancient woodlands.

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