A riot of colour in your garden
Many gardens have plants that show autumn colour - but, in most cases, these were not expressly planted with foliage in mind, but amount to an excellent bonus. For instance, many flowering cherry trees have good autumn colour, notably Prunus sargentii, which is one of the first to turn. Hornbeam, birch and beech also colour well, although rarely planted with that purpose in mind.
Diarmuid Gavin: From brick walls to green hedges, a boundary defines your garden
Garden boundaries are often an integral part of the overall design. They help to define your space and provide backdrop and colour to planting. They can offer shelter and help create micro-climates, enabling the cultivation of more tender species.
Diarmuid Gavin: A Beginner's guide to leaf peeping
Did you know that Leaf Peeping is a thing? It's a recognised hobby for many people around the world. In places like Connecticut and parts of New Zealand tourists obsess and delight at autumnal hues as green leaves change to orange, red and russet.
Make it a meadow - let your garden grow wild and wait for the natural magic to happen
Why are meadows important? They are part of our cultural and natural heritage and sustain a huge range of wildlife including wildflowers, fungi, bees, flies, beetles, spiders, moths, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, bats and birds. They also provide other environmental benefits such as carbon storage, water retention to prevent flooding, and habitats for crop pollinators. However, many meadows have been turned into monocrops or grasslands, which in turn has led to a decline…
Reasons why your fruit trees may fail to bloom
After an exceptionally good flowering on fruit trees, it is strange that many fruit trees will have little or no fruit this year. It was not that there was hard frost that damaged the flowers before they could set, but rather a phenomenon called biennial bearing.
How to keep your lawn a cut above the rest
The 'non-mowing' season is almost as long as the mowing season, there's only a month or so between them. While a lawn can look well in the main growing season, it can also look very well during the 'off' season if a few small jobs are carried out in autumn and not just through the winter months but right into the next year.
Ten brainteasers to test your horticultural knowledge
So you think you know your hydrangea from your helleborus, or can identify Latin plant names or nuisance pests lurking in your soil?