How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

If you’re stuck for garden ideas, one way to spruce up your outdoor space while giving back to nature is by attracting wildlife. Not only will it help the plants and animals, but it will also give you a garden full of interesting species.

Don’t worry - you don’t need Noah’s ark or a Pied Piper to attract wildlife – here are some easy ways to nurture the natural world with your...

8 Vital things everyone needs for their kitchen

Whether you’re renting your first flat or buying your first home, there are a few things that every kitchen needs. Don’t be tempted by cutting costs when it comes to your kitchen – the best quality will last and give you years of use.

Your kitchen should be a calming, fun place to cook and eat, with all that you need to make a delicious meal at the end of a busy day. With that in...

Flowers and veg in pots

How to combine veg and flowers in pots for an eye-catching display

Throughout his life, plantsman Tom Harris has planted thousands of containers to enhance gardens nationwide and beyond. He’s perked up unpromising small spaces with both flowers and edibles, and says you can have a brilliantly colourful effect by combining both, as he demonstrates in his new book, Pots For All Seasons.

“People have different criteria when growing veg. I don’t...


How to keep your orchids blooming through summer

Struggling to stop your orchids from wilting?

Direct sunlight and high temperatures can wreak havoc on our most popular indoor plant, and so a major orchid grower is advising flower fans to make some simple changes to their normal plant-care routine.

Millions of phalaenopsis orchids, commonly known as moth orchids, are sold every year and normally require minimum upkeep,...

Plants for pots in garden

Ten of the best plants for pots

Patio plants come into their own in summer, adding wow factor to your outdoor space even on the smallest balcony or in the tiniest courtyard.

“Think of container gardening as the art of choreographing individuals into a joyous composition,” says broadcaster and multi award-winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw, best known for his regular appearances on BBC Gardeners’ World....

Gardening tips

Five ways to make your garden more sustainable

It’s not just in the garden where being green is important today. But there is a lot that we can do in our own outdoor spaces to help create a healthier environment and reduce our own carbon footprints! Now is a great time to consider your outdoor practices.

Here, the gardening experts at Toro have shared five ways you can do your little bit for the environment, from your own garden...

Man in garden

Eight ways your garden can make you feel better during lockdown

There’s never been a better time to have a garden, as outdoor space means you can at least enjoy some fresh air and greenery while staying at home during lockdown.

And the benefits don’t just apply to avid gardeners – new research shows spending time in the garden may be beneficial for overall health and psychological wellbeing, whether you’re gardening or just relaxing.


Garden flowers blooming

Discover the best virtual gardens, podcasts and expert advice

If you’re yearning for all the gardening shows that have been cancelled, you can still be inspired by exploring gorgeous virtual gardens now and throughout the summer, from the comfort of your armchair.

Not only is the first ever ‘virtual’ RHS Chelsea Flower Show being held through the RHS website (, which will host an abundance of free, inspiring content from the great...

Mark Lane in the garden

How to spruce up your garden in just 30 minutes

Even if you only have half an hour in the garden, you can still spruce up your plot – so says BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Mark Lane.

He’s supporting The Great British Garden Spruce Up, an initiative by Jeyes to coincide with National Gardening Week, to try to get the public to keep a daily gardening diary and spruce up their plots in preparation for summer.