Author James Middleton

An obsessive gardener since 1982. Day-time job - web designer and developer and University lecturer.

Plants for shade – Hand-picked selection

There are plenty of great garden plants to grow in partial to full shade. Here is a list of all of the varieties I can think of.

Hardy Hibiscus for the UK garden!

The hardy hibiscus really is a reliable shrub for growing in the UK. It will be a talking point for your neighbours as well as add a splash of the tropics to your garden.

Succulents – Getting the most out of a dry garden

Growing succulents in your garden can be extremely rewarding. Easy to grow, propagate and these plants will thrive in places where others wilt.

Deadheading flowers – More buds, more blooms

Advice on deadheading (the removal of spent flowers) for most annual and perennial plants. Encourage more flower production.

Osteospermum – Hardy coastal garden favourite

Capture that holiday feeling by growing Osteospermum in your garden this year. Now there is a UK-hardy collection to try out.

Heavily scented flowers & plants

Get right up the noses of your neighbours this year with this very large list of scented garden flowers. A list of perfumed plants for all situations. Citrus, coconut, strawberries and many more scents listed.

Scented evergreen climbers

Recently, I needed to cover a trellis to the front of my property. Wanting privacy and increase appeal, I wrote a list of scented evergreen climbers.

Hardy Cyclamen varieties for winter colour

If you are looking for something unusual, easy to grow, hardy and will guarantee colour during the winter months, then look no further than the humble Cyclamen.

Storing Gladioli over winter

A simple method for storing your gladioli corms of the winter months.

When to prune Weigela

Beautiful garden shrubs: Weigela. Variegated foliage and masses of foxglove flowers in shades from red to white.

The importance of good quality cheap topsoil

Grow plants and vegetation in your garden? Remember that good topsoil means good growing. For plants to thrive – topsoil is essential.

Potato Blight: Organic control methods

Organic methods for avoiding the dreaded potato blight which will turn your potatoes into a black mush unless quick treatment.

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