Gardening UK

Defensive Gardening

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

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.

Wall Dressing

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 in the Garden

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.

Balcony Magic

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.

The Beauty of Water

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.

May in the Garden

Summer is just around the corner! The work you do now will pay dividends later in the season.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

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.

Gardening for Your Location

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

Window boxes allow us to brighten up even the smallest area with seasonal colour and foliage.

Annuals and Biennials

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

Make the Most of Your Space

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.

Redesigning Your Garden

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.

RHS Level 2 and Level 3

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.