Category Archives: Environment

Plant a lush green boundary for seasonal beauty

  • Hedges are an easy way to give your house or garden additional privacy 
  • They reduce noise, create shelter, are nature-friendly and encourage wildlife 
  • Yew is recommended as it is slow growing and only needs an annual trim 

To create a boundary or screen, the simple answer is to plant a hedge. Not only are they inexpensive, they’re also nature-friendly, beautiful and easy to maintain.  read more

Now’s the perfect time to try topiary says Monty Don

  • Monty Don says trimming hedges now will help to keep them crisp all winter 
  • He has immortalised his beloved golden retriever Nigel through his topiary skills 
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer our readers’ gardening queries  

This is the perfect moment to trim evergreen topiary or hedges. This will keep them crisp all winter. 

Yew and box are ideal but plants such as holly, phillyrea, eleagnus, Lonicera nitida, bay and pittosporum can all be successfully clipped and maintained in a wide variety of shapes – but leave any hard pruning until new growth starts to appear next spring. read more

Set your borders ablaze says Monty Don

  • To enhance the appearance of blue and purple infuse orange into your borders
  • The Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia is key each year says Monty
  • The dahlia ‘David Howard’ performs well each year also

Summer is fading fast and the light is getting rich and soupy. But there is an intensity in this last flare of summer energy as we slip into autumn that demands, I believe, rich strong colours like purples, burgundies, caramel and cinnamon browns and – above all – orange. read more

Nigel Colborn: Plant bulbs now for swathes of colour

  • As autumn approaches now is the time to start thinking about bulbs
  • You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now
  • Plant colchicums, nerines, sternbergia as soon as you can to flower in Autumn

Autumn is coming so we need to think about bulbs. Garden centres are stocking up and early buying ensures the best possible choice. But there’s no need to rush. You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now to November.  read more

Autumn cheerleaders: Plant bulbs now for swathes of colour

  • As autumn approaches now is the time to start thinking about bulbs
  • You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now
  • Plant colchicums, nerines, sternbergia as soon as you can to flower in Autumn

Autumn is coming so we need to think about bulbs. Garden centres are stocking up and early buying ensures the best possible choice. But there’s no need to rush. You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now to November.  read more

Blueberries taste divine so why not grow your own?

  • Blueberries need acidic soil so you may need to use a container to grow
  • You will also need to buy some peat-free ericaceous potting compost
  • The best time to prune them is between Christmas and the end of February 

Certain foods belong to certain meals and there’s no crossing those divides. So I have marmalade on my breakfast toast but never dream of eating it at any other time of day. Likewise, porridge is for breakfast only.  read more

These strikingly pretty flowers will delight

  • The best late-summer daisies come from the U.S.
  • You can grow coneflowers in most garden soils, if they receive plenty of sun
  • Among intermediate varieties, Goldquelle grows to 90cm

The best late-summer daisies come from the U.S. Sunflowers flourish all over the Wild West, and their branched stems and multiple blooms are far prettier than the floral frying pans cultivated here. read more

Daily Mail National Garden Competition 2017 

  • This year our National Garden Competition is in its 25th year
  • Despite challenging weather delightfully the standard of entries are still high
  • We have had late frosts in spring, followed by very hot and dry conditions
  • Meet the four finalists: Kath Stratton, Val Howells, Linda Kidd,  Martin Thurston
  • The winner will be announced in the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine next month 

For over two decades, the Daily Mail has scoured the country every summer to find Britain’s best amateur garden. This year our National Garden Competition is in its 25th year, and we’re delighted to say that the standard of entries shows no sign at all of flagging. read more

‘Why I’m a sucker for succulents’ says Monty Don 

  • Succulents are all the rage as they can be grown with minimum attention 
  • They are ideally adapted to desert conditions due to how they store water
  • Not all succulents are exotic for example the common Sempervivum tectorum

Succulents are all the rage. You can see why. These plants (which include cacti) have thick, fleshy leaves or stems which are used to retain water, and can be grown with minimum attention in almost any location that will hold a pot, indoors or out.  read more

Britain’s best borders

  • The Great Broad Walk Borders at Kew are Britain’s longest double borders
  • Arley Hall’s borders planted in the 1840s are thought to be the Country’s oldest
  • The huge herbaceous border at Waterperry Gardens changes colour weekly 

No English country garden should be without a herbaceous border: a deep bed, usually flanked by an immaculate grassy path, planted with a tapestry of flowers that bloom from late spring through to early autumn, before finally dying back with the first frosts. read more