This is a genus of greenhouse, succulent perennials. R.albiflora produces fine, snowy white spines and white flowers. R.chrysacantha has a round, flat-topped stem with golden spines and pink flowers. When cultivation, use a potting...
Plants to deter burglars Selecting the right plants can help to protect your home by deterring burglars. The police recommend planting spiky or prickly plants in hedges, along paths and beneath windows that burglars...
Giant hogweed is striking in appearance, with flowering stems up to 3.6m (12 ft) tall high. However, it is recognised as an invasive species that crowds out native species, particularly on riverbanks and, once established, is difficult to control as it seeds prolifically.
Guest Post by Matt Jackson Whether you’re new to the world of gardening or new to greenhouse gardening, don’t worry, we’re here to help you get a better understanding of it. There are different...
Bare expanses of brick work, like tall panel fences, present a challenge to the garden designer. Outbuildings such as garages being the most common culprits.
June is a wonderful month in the garden as borders burst to life and trees fill out. However, it’s also a busy month, with bulbs to be lifted, seeds to pot on and frequent mowing.
Balconies bring a touch of country to the city home, a place to eat alfresco and make the most of sunny days, and if plants are carefully chosen, a year-round green oasis.
Water is endlessly versatile – a tiny bubble fountain can suffuse a small patio with the relaxing sound of moving water while in the larger garden, a natural swimming pool may provide a stunning centrepiece.
Summer is just around the corner! The work you do now will pay dividends later in the season.
Vegetable gardening in containers is a great solution for those who would like to grow fresh vegetables but don’t have space for a full vegetable patch.
Considering your location Your location determines which plants will grow most successfully in your garden, which plants you should avoid, and even how early in the spring you can begin planting. The further north...
Window boxes allow us to brighten up even the smallest area with seasonal colour and foliage.
An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle from seed to seed within one season – that is, it is sown as a seed, flowers, sets seed and dies within a single year
Self-seeding annuals and biennials scatter copious amounts of seed across the garden and can be relied upon to appear year-after-year without help from the gardener.
If you have a border that doesn’t receive much light, this is the perfect spot for a shade garden!
A garden without a view can seem too confining and insular so consider how your garden might connect to the surrounding landscape. If your garden is enclosed by high walls or fences, think about creating openings in them to give views onto the world outside.
Think about what you want your garden to do. It should reflect your lifestyle, the people who will be enjoying it and the time you plan to spend in it, whether it is relaxing, playing or tending the plants.
A tree preservation order (TPO) prohibits the removal or cutting down of trees. TPOs are usually applied to individual trees.
Edinburgh Garden School offer accredited online courses for students wishing to prepare for the RHS Level 2 or Level 3 exams. The RHS certificates are widely recognised within the industry and well-regarding.