Top 10 plants for shade

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Shade gardens have their own unique charm and can be lush, beautiful and full of interest. You can create a wonderful woodland effect if you’re planting under trees, or if you have a small, enclosed or north-facing garden, you can choose plants that will provide plenty of colour and texture with their lush foliage and flowers.

The key to planting in shady spaces is to choose the right plants for the space – plants that prefer sun will sulk if they’re positioned in a shady spot and never fulfil their potential, but there are many shade-loving varieties that will romp away happily – here are 10 of the best:

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Hellebores are very easy to grow and once you have a few in your garden, they begin to self-seed and naturalise, forming attractive groups. Flowering every year in winter and spring, they add plenty of early interest to kick off the season. Combine them with woodland bulbs, like anemones, snowdrops or bluebells for a really colourful spring display.

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This resilient and hardy evergreen plant provides year-round ground cover with its glossy, green foliage. In late spring, you can also enjoy its beautiful mauve flowers which are produced continuously for months along its spreading stems. If you have a large area to fill, go for a greater periwinkle (Vinca major). For smaller spaces, try the more dainty lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor).

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Hardy geraniums are tough as old boots – not only can they tolerate shade but they also don’t mind being in dry soil. Forming an attractive mound of soft foliage, they produce masses of flowers throughout summer providing much-needed colour to a shady space. Their flowers attract bees and butterflies too.

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Hostas are great for growing in containers as well as in borders, so they’re a great choice for shady courtyards. They do have a reputation for getting eaten by slugs, but you can put a ribbon of copper tape around your pot which will stop the slugs reaching them. These wonderful foliage plants come in an array of green, blue and variegated shades, thriving in moist, shady conditions.

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Saxifraga (also known as Saxifrage) is typically a rockery plant and looks great nestled between large stones or in gravel gardens. They tolerate shade as well as sun, so they can be repeated in sunnier areas of the garden too. These low-growing plants are ideal for the front of a border, forming neat rosettes of foliage which are topped with delicate pink or white flowers on slender stems during early summer. The foliage is evergreen so it provides year-round cover and interest.

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Ferns are a shade-garden classic and look particularly good planted under trees or within shrubberies, providing a woodland effect. Ferns add height, structure and texture to a shade planting scheme and combine well when interwoven with ground cover plants as well as other woodland plants, like hellebores and foxgloves.

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This wonderful plant has long, spreading stems and does a great job of quickly covering ground in shade, working particularly well under trees. The silver-patterned foliage adds light to a shady space all year round which is complemented by blue or yellow flowers in summer.

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Add height and movement to shady borders with this beautiful shade-loving perennial. The flowers sit on tall, swaying stems and return for a repeat performance in summer every year. The flowers turn into attractive fluffy seed heads which provide additional interest in autumn, and the foliage forms a neat mound that quickly fills a space.

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Grown mainly for the broad, glossy, upright leaves, bergenias make a lovely ground cover for shade and partial shade. Plant them in large groups or swathes at the front of a border for the best effect. In late spring, they produce dense, bright pink flowers which light up the garden and also attract bees.

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Peonies have bold and beautiful blooms that look fantastic in the garden, with the added bonus of being excellent cut flowers too. They tolerate shade well and prefer a rich, moist soil. They’re ideal for planting in shady beds and borders among perennials and small shrubs. It’s a good idea to stake peonies before they bloom to avoid the stems becoming weighed down and flopping.

Tips of planting in under trees:

  • Remove some of the lower or over-hanging branches from trees to let in a little bit of extra light. Doing this will also allow more rain to fall on the soil to give your plants the moisture they need to thrive.
  • Lots of ground-cover plants tolerate shade well. Choose shade-loving ground cover plants like periwinkle or lamium to fill the spaces between tall shrubs and perennials – they’ll provide additional colour and interest and also supress weeds.
  • For best results, choose well-known varieties or those with an RHS Award of Garden Merit – these have been given this prestigious award for reliable garden performance as well as for their looks.
  • Plants in shady areas often have to compete for moisture and nutrients with surrounding trees and shrubs. Water them thoroughly and regularly in the following weeks after planting to help them anchor their roots. Once they’re established they should be able to source water in the ground without additional watering. You can also feed them fortnightly with a liquid feed to give them a head start.
  • As with any planting scheme, opt for a bit of repetition with your plants. Choose a few varieties that will suit the shady space and repeat groups of them to give a good overall effect.

Read more blog posts like this by me on The Banbury Gardeners website ->

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My Holland trip and Keukenhof

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I went to The Netherlands yesterday for a whistle-stop tour of the bulb region with my pals at top Dutch bulb supplier, Farmer Gracy. I’ve never seen so many bulbs in my life!

All the best flower bulbs come from Holland. I was only there for the day but was lucky enough to have a walk around the world-renowned garden, Keukenhof. The garden is completely immaculate – there are sweeping waves of colour from daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, along with themed gardens and impressive indoor displays.

Hyacinths at Keukenhof #keukenhof #hyacinths #springbulbs

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Late April is the best time to visit Keukenhof. People travel across the world to see these gardens, and they’re well worth it. If you’re in the UK, it takes less than an hour by plane! Go to the Keukenhof website to find out more.

It was a little early for all the tulips to be in full bloom in the gardens, but there were thousands growing indoors. Here are some of my favourites:

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After Keukenhof we went for a drive about and saw all the flower fields which look amazing at this time of year, all striped with different coloured blooms. I learned a little bit about the bulb farming industry too – the best quality (top-sized) bulbs are grown for at least two years – small bulbs are planted in the fields and allowed to grow until they flower. The flowers are then harvested and used for the flower parade or sold as cut flowers. In the field, the foliage is left in place to continue transferring energy into the bulb so it can continue to grow. Once the foliage has died back, the bulbs are harvested and separated. The large bulbs are dried ready for selling, the small bulbs are replanted in the field and grown on for another year. There’s obviously a lot of work in this process, but it makes the difference between top-quality bulbs and cheap bulbs. The larger and healthier the bulb, the better the bloom!

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The above photo of an entire field full of hyacinths smelled amazing!

We also stopped at a tulip farm and picked up a bunch of 40 freshly-cut tulips for €5…

Souvenier from the Netherlands #tulips #flowerfarm #dutchbulbs

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Finally, I visited Farmer Gracy HQ to see where the bulbs are stored and packed (all very carefully and nicely!). They’re in the peak of their summer bulb season at the moment, so the warehouse is currently dispatching loads of really good looking summer-flowering bulbs, like agapanthus, dahlias, gladiolus and much more. I like the fact that they don’t use much plastic packaging, which is great considering that cutting plastic waste is a hot topic in gardening at the moment – they’re leading the way there!

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Front gardens – creating kerb appeal for home sellers

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When it comes to selling your house, making a great first impression is key. The very first thing your buyer will see when they come to view your house will be the front garden or front of house. So its well worth investing a little time and money into sprucing up the front of the outside space. Having said this, its important to remember that some buyers may not be confident gardeners, so while its a good idea to add colour and interest, it also needs to look simple and easy to maintain at the same time.

Whether you have an extensive front garden or just a small space, there is plenty you can do to cheer it up and make it welcoming. Here are some top tips and quick tricks to help you to boost your home’s kerb appeal.

Read my five quick and easy tips for improving kerb appeal in my guest post on The Banbury Gardeners website ->

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How to create a Chelsea look in your garden

It’s not long until the biggest and most prestigious flower show of the year! Of course, it’s the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, which runs from 22nd to 26th May, and as always there’ll be bold designs, up-to-the minute trends and beautiful planting ideas to take inspiration from. If you’re not planning on visiting the show, you can still enjoy all the best highlights on TV during that week.

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Creating a Chelsea-style planting scheme is easier than you might think. The key is to choose early-summer flowering varieties and plant them close together in beds and borders, and (most importantly) to start them off now rather than wait until later in the season.

There’s plenty that you can get on with now to prepare your garden for a summer of colour that starts to unfurl right from the beginning of the season. In this post, discover some of the best plants to choose to create a Chelsea look, plus some top tips on what maintenance jobs you can do to prepare your garden this spring.

Best Plants for a Chelsea Flower Show Look

You can create a little piece of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in your own garden by choosing the right bulbs and plants. Below are some wonderful varieties which are regularly seen in the Show Gardens and Grand Pavilion – plant them now and they’ll be flowering right on cue!

Calla Lilies

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Giving a modern and contemporary look, calla lilies are continuously popular and come in a rainbow of colours that suit any scheme. These exotic-looking plants with upright funnel flowers are simple but really effective – they look best when planted in large groups, and particularly so around modern, angular features. What’s very useful about them is that they can tolerate shade, so they’re perfect for small, urban or enclosed gardens.

Bearded Irises

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Flowering with flamboyant, impressive blooms in early summer, bearded irises are a Chelsea classic and are often featured in many of the show gardens. They’re fantastic for informal mixed plantings and look great when dotted through a border amongst other flowering plants or neatly-clipped evergreen shrubs.

For more plant suggestions, read the rest of my guest post about creating a Chelsea look on Farmer Gracy’s blog ->

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Show Gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

I’m going to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year and I can’t wait to see these amazing designs in the flesh – I’ll publish photos on the day!

Whether you have a large garden, a shady courtyard, a sunny balcony or anything in between, there’s no better place to find planting and design inspiration than at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The show gardens at Chelsea are the largest-scale designs at the show. There’s a lot of planting space for themed borders, trees, shrubs and hedges as well as garden buildings, water gardens and more. Here are some of my favourite 2018 show garden designs:

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Designer: Mark Gregory
Building: Landform
Sponsor: Welcome to Yorkshire

Because I’m a Yorkshire lass, this is my favourite design of the show! It reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Harrogate and playing in my local park which had woodland at the end just like this. The beautiful stone features, such as the dry-stone wall, the stone bothy and the meandering pebbly stream are all the first things I envisage when I think of Yorkshire – this garden has it all.

This garden is inspired by the Yorkshire Dales, renowned for its quintessential buttercup meadows and rich, natural flora. Set at the edge of a birch woodland, a beck runs through the meadow and past a traditional stone bothy. The colour scheme is soft pinks, purples and whites among densely-planted soft grasses.

This garden celebrates some of the best things about this unique and picturesque area – the breathtaking scenery, natural materials, artisan cheeses and traditional crafts.

 

LG Eco-City Garden

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Designer: Hay-Joung Hwang
Building: Randle Siddeley Ltd
Sponsor: LG

Being eco is kind of a big deal at the moment and that is what this garden is all about. The concept of this design reminds us that while we are becoming increasingly dependent on technology, we need to also remain conscientious of protecting our environment and controlling pollution.

This garden provides a prototype for sustainable living. Representing an area of green space allocated to one housing unit within a ‘vertical forest’ of residential apartments, the prototype shows a spacious terrace leading from an apartment kitchen.

The plants and trees play an important role in filtering pollution and producing clean oxygen. They provide nectar for pollinators and a habitat for wild birds and insects, as well as cooling the air, absorbing rain water and surface run-off – not to mention reducing CO2 levels.

I like this design and it’s important to bring this issue to the forefront. I particularly like how this garden shows how possible to have a trendy, modern design and include native wildflowers which are essential to the survival of our native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It’s a great reminder that plants and trees are an excellent all-round solution to some of the biggest ecological problems within cities, in that they clean and cool the air and lower levels of pollution, they provide a habitat for wildlife and also absorb water, reducing flooding. There is no technology that can do all of those things.

 

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Designer: Nic Howard
Building: Langdale Landscapes
Sponsor: Savills

This great concept showcases how mankind’s relationship with the environments have evolved through time. The ‘wormhole’ through the garden sculptures act as a large-scale theatre, showing how man, plants and structure has changes, heading into modern day.

Starting with a natural wooden sculpture surrounded by a naturalistic planting of native wildflowers and beautiful Betula nigra trees. The next stage shows has a more geometric sculpture along with more a formal planting including architectural plants. At the end of the garden, the central viewpoint through the theatre is a dramatic sculpture which represents the first and most recent moment. Plants include peonies, lupins, geums, hostas and geraniums.

 

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Designer: Tom Massey
Building: Landscape Associates
Sponsor: The Lemon Tree Trust

The Lemon Tree Trust Garden is inspired by the resilience, determination and ingenuity of refugees living in Domiz camp in Northern Iraq, and has been designed with the input of refugees.

This garden celebrates how inspiring it is that residents of the camp have made the most of the harsh conditions, turning it into an unexpectedly beautiful and productive place by growing flowers, fruit and vegetables within the limited space they have. Doing so brings a sense of positivity, peace and civility to broken lives.

For hot, dry or exposed gardens, this is a great garden to take ideas from, using resilient, drought-tolerant trees such as figs, lemons and pomegranates, along with herbs which are often used in Middle-Eastern cooking. I the centre of the garden, water calmly flows into a central Islamic-inspired fountain.

 

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Designer: Sarah Price
Building: Crocus
Sponsor: M&G Investments

Using plants for a warm, sunny climate, the subtle colours and naturalistic planting creates a striking, wild effect reminiscent of Mediterranean scrub or meadow land. There’s an age-old idea that a wall, a tree and a seat creates an idyllic, intimate and beautiful place to relax, and this is part of what this garden showcases, along with the expressive language of light, colour, texture and shadow.

Raw materials which have been dug from the earth, such as tile, slate and clay, have been used the create structures in this garden. Drought-tolerant plants, silver-leaved plants and grasses have been used, along with a dazzling array of bright flowers which run in swathes.

If you have a sunny, coastal or dry garden, this garden can be a great source of inspiration with regards to the plants and trees used.

 

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Designer: Chris Beardshaw
Building: Structure Group
Sponsor: Morgan Stanley

This garden is already tugging at my heart strings. “Every child deserved the best possible chance to rebuild their lives after abuse” – the NSPCC are the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.

This garden has been designed to support the work carried out by the NSPCC and represents the positive emotional transformation that happens in a child after receiving their help. The garden follows a journey from the beginning to the end and the power of planting tells the story beautifully. Starting with a winding, unclear pathway through dense woodland, it turns a corner and leads to a more tranquil, open space filled with flowering perennials.  There are step up to a cedar pavilion, overlooking a still, clear pool. The pavilion represents a secure, safe environment.

This woodland-style garden features trees and acid-loving plants – perfect inspiration if your garden echoes these conditions. Kinetic sand is a well-known sensory and fun material for young children – in keeping with the subject, there’s a kinetic sand sculpture within the garden.

 

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Designer: Jonathan Snow
Building: Stewart Landscape Construction
Sponsor: Trailfinders Ltd

There’s no mistaking the vibrant planting in this garden is South African themed, including sun-loving plants plants such as kniphofia, pelargonium, agapanthus and gladiolus which are a reflection of the Fynbos landscape. This design is a snapshot of a typical South African wine estate, featuring a Cape Dutch homestead which has a veranda that leads down to a formal garden, vineyard and then through a gateway to wild shrubland, which is dotted with colourful flowers.

This garden is full of exotic colours that aren’t often seen in Chelsea Show Gardens. You can combine the plants used in this garden in a hot, sunny border to create a similar effect in your own garden. It’s entirely possible to grow a grapevine on your patio, too.

 

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Designer: Jo Thompson
Building: Jody Lidgard
Sponsor: Wedgwood

This garden is a modern interpretation of a traditional, old-fashioned style ‘secret’ garden, or tea garden. If you were a lady in the late 18th century, this is the kind of garden that VTB-capital-garden-spirit-of-cornwall-1088x612.jpgprovided the perfect environment to explore nature, socialise and drink tea.

The idea behind this garden is to showcase a true sense of British fun and luxury. This design features a dramatic and contemporary bronze pavilion, which arches over a meandering, sunken stepping-stone path. The visitor crosses the stone path across a pond, which leads them to a relaxing and social seating area. Romantic, classic-style plantings including pendulous trees along with soft, naturalistic herbaceous.

This kind of design and planting scheme would suit an informal, cottage-style garden.

 

 

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10 great plants for a white garden

White flowers are essential for adding highlights in any garden or mixed border, they also help to bring out the rich colours of surrounding plants. But in recent years the idea of an entirely white garden has become increasingly popular. Not only are white flowers individually beautiful, but when planted ‘en-masse’ they create a very fresh and relaxing feel.

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The key to a fabulous white garden or border is to plant a wide range of white-flowering varieties in contrasting shapes, growing habits and heights. As with any planting scheme, it’s important to make sure you have a gradient of heights, ranging from low-growing varieties at the front followed by medium and tall varieties behind. You can also fill hanging baskets or choose white-flowering climbers to provide interest against blank walls and fences.

When designing any border or planting scheme, remember to repeat key varieties in bold clumps throughout. This will create a sense of structure and uniformity and will guide your eye through the garden and hold the scheme together as well as creating a bit of separation between the varieties so that each can be appreciated.

It’s not all about flowers – foliage plants are also important in a white garden, and a few fresh-green gaps can be white helps to hold it all together. There are all kinds of shrubs and trees which have leaves that are variegated with cream or white and it’s great to include a few in your scheme to add a contrasting structure. You’ll also need a certain amount of solid greenery to make the white flowers stand out. Silver-leaved or lime-green foliage plants also look fantastic in a white garden.

 

10 Great Plants to Create a White Summer Garden

Here are some of my favourite white plants from Farmer Gracy:

Dahlia ‘My Love’

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This striking cactus dahlia produces large spiky-looking flowers that will add a structural shape to a white border. Fairly tall growing, they’re ideal for the middle or towards the back of a border and the stems provide a lush green backdrop for low-growing white flowers planted in front.

  • Thrives in full sun
  • Excellent as cut flowers
  • Attracts bees and butterflies

Read more on my guest post on Farmer Gracy’s blog –>

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New garden products 2018

Technology is advancing every year in all fields, and gardening is keeping up with the pace nicely. Every year there are new tools and solutions that make keeping the garden looking its best quicker and easier, not to mention stylish new accessories that put your garden in line with this year’s trends (if that’s what makes you tick!). Here’s a selection of great new products that the garden industry have come up with this year…

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I’ve tried a pair of the new secateurs and loppers and I’m very impressed with the quality and cutting power – particularly the loppers which I think are going to be with me for many, many years. They’re very sturdy and look like they’re going to last a lifetime. Be careful, though, the blades are ridiculously sharp!

What Fiskars say about their new PowerGear X tools:

“Fiskars PowerGear™ is a versatile family of tools that include pruners, loppers and hedge shears to cover most of the cutting needs in the garden. The ingenious gear mechanism which boosts the power of the cut is complemented by sharp, quality steel blades and lightweight, durable FiberComp™ handles. Virtually unbreakable, this robust range of innovative tools has been carefully considered and rigorously tested to enhance power, precision and longevity of each product whilst guaranteeing great results.”

Browse the range of Fiskars tools here

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I have a leylandii bordering my garden with some very wide branches that desperately need to be sawn back, but they’re too high to reach. That’s what attracted me to this long-armed chainsaw, it would have the job done in minutes and would save on getting a tree surgeon in for a relatively quick job.

This is a brand new tool has only just been launched. Here are three key points from Bosch about this tool:

  • Effortless pruning of tree branches at the ground level without using a ladder thanks to the telescopic pole and pivoting head
  • Continuous cutting performance without damaging trees
  • Ergonomic, well balanced and lightweight with less strain on arms and shoulders

Find out ore about this Bosch long arm chainsaw here

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I love a lightweight tool and don’t need anything too heavy duty for my little garden. Battery-powered tools are well and truly on the up, they don’t seem to lose power gradually like they used too, new technology means that they remain working at full speed until they need recharging.  This is exactly the kind of grass trimmer that would be very handy for your lawn edges.

Here’s what GTech say about their new grass trimmer:

  • Designed for comfort and ease of use, the Gtech Cordless Grass Trimmer features an adjustable handle for perfect balance. Equipped with a one-handed power trigger and safety switch to prevent accidental starting, it is simple to operate.
  • is powered by a Lithium-ion battery, giving you up to 30 minutes run-time with a charge time of just 4 hours.
  • Don’t worry about the cost of replacement blades. Your Gtech Cordless Grass Trimmer comes with 20 easy change blades, but Gtech also offer free spare blades for the life of the product

Take a look at Gtech’s cordless range here

STIHL lawnmowers

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STIHL are launching a full range of cordless, battery operated mowers. Ranging from small and lightweight machines, right up to more robust ones for big lawns – in keeping with the rise in demand for more eco-friendly, less fumey (but just as powerful as old petrol types) battery-operated machinery.

Here’s what STIHL say about their new lawnmower range:

Cordless and battery-powered, the five new machines are quiet, lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, free from lengthy cables. The powerful 36V Lithium-Ion batteries are interchangeable with other cordless STIHL tools including hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, grass trimmers and chainsaws, making a complete garden care system.

Two of the new mowers are part of the popular STIHL COMPACT Cordless range, which is ideal for medium sized gardens and features five other powerful garden tools, powered by COMPACT (AK) batteries. For larger gardens, there are three mowers to choose from, all powered by PRO (AP) batteries, which are compatible with up to 25 other cordless STIHL tools.

Look out for these – they’re coming soon! Some are available now on Radmore and Tucker

Woodlodge Bramley glazed pots

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Vintage floral styles never go out of fashion, and this new range of floral pots from Woodlodge have a gorgeous, rustic charm that will suit any kind of garden. They’re long lasting too, made from clay and covered in a high-quality frost-proof glaze so they won’t go pop in the middle of winter.

Beautiful vintage floral glazed indoor and outdoor pots.  Prices range from £3.99 to £29.99

Browse the new range of glazed pots here

 

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Just look at this handy tool – it’s a miniature hand-held chainsaw! Absolutely perfect for pruning trees and shrubs that are just  little too big for a pair of loppers and a little too small to warrant a full-size chainsaw.

Here are three key points about the EasyCut NanoBlade saw from Bosch:

  • The NanoBlade technology now allows freehand cuts even without clamping the workpiece
  • Versatile sawing both inside and outside the house
  • Easily performing quick and straight cuts

Find out more about the Bosch EasyCut NanoBlade saw here

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I think this is a great idea. I have sandy soil which is very light and loose, and I regularly find myself cultivating the soil or pulling weeds out with my hands rather than grabbing a tool (if it’s just for a small area). But this does wear the tips of my gloves out, so the little ‘claws’ on these would be a good way of preventing that.

Here’s what Creative Products say about their new Badger Paw gloves:

“Badger Paw Gardening Gloves have been cleverly designed to offer an innovative way to tidy up your borders and flower beds. The comfortable and durable gardening gloves feature built in ‘claws’ which make easy work of preparing and digging soil and are perfect for a range of garden tasks including planting, raking and clearing roots. The gloves are ergonomically designed and made from breathable fabric for added comfort, making them ideal for use on warmer days”

Here’s where to buy some Badger Paw gloves

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It was just a few years ago that the first robotic lawn mower was brought out, and since then they’ve been increasing in popularity, availability and affordability. This year, there are quite a few robotic mowers to choose from – this one is Flymo’s.

Here’s what Flymo say about their new robotic mower:

“The innovative Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R does your mowing for you: it mows the lawn on its own, while you enjoy your free time to do other things. Thanks to its irregular pattern, the 1200R mows a lawn area up to a maximum of 400 m² – effectively, reliably and without wheel ruts. Always resulting in a perfectly cared-for lawn. When required, the robotic mower recharges itself at the charging station”

Read more about the Flymo 1200R robotic lawn mower here

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These pots remind me of Kryten from Red Dwarf (that’s not why I love them). They do look really cool in garden, particularly planted with structural foliage plants or ornamental grasses. I would use hardy plants upright like Panicum, Carex, Phormium or Cordyline. It would be a shame to grow trailing varieties in these and cover up the nice angles.

They have an elevated bottom so you don’t have to fill the entire pot with soil. UV resistant and colourfast, they’re suitable for indoors or out.

Find out more about these Elho Pure Edge pots here

 

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