Why John Lord’s Gardening Films Are The Best

More people have taken the plunge into gardening with a floral shirt and a medium pickaxe thanks to John Lord than any other famous plantsman in Ireland’s Ratoath Gardens There is at least an introductory paragraph of reasons why John Lord’s YouTube films are the best before I get to my reason, so let’s ask… Continue reading Why John Lord’s Gardening Films Are The Best

Best Gardening & Garden Design Apps to Green Up Your Space

Gardening apps make gardening more straightforward than ever. Need help choosing the best gardening app for your needs? This article can help. We’ve listed the best gardening and garden design apps for every level, from experienced gardeners to beginners. These tools provide all you need to grow healthy plants, vegetables, and herbs. These apps have… Continue reading Best Gardening & Garden Design Apps to Green Up Your Space

Wine in the garden

Pantone Viva Magenta

We adore colour here at Ashridge. Find us a plant lover who doesn’t. So we’re excited to get on board with Pantone’s Colour of the Year, the energetic-sounding Viva Magenta. Pantone describes its 2023 hero as ‘A shade rooted in nature… brave and fearless.’ Closer examination reveals a rich, saturated wine – or claret if… Continue reading Wine in the garden

Silver Leaved Plants

Silver and white shimmer at Sissinghurst

Why Silver Foliage is a Winning Formula in Your Garden There’s nothing second rate about silver in the garden, whatever the season. In winter that sparkly foliage chimes spectacularly with frost and sub-zero temperatures, creating scenes of dazzling dynamism. In summer, bright sunlight glances off silver leaves, cooling and providing a shimmering foil to the… Continue reading Silver Leaved Plants

How to use Hostas in the Garden

The ribbed leaves of Hosta ‘August Moon’ glow with golden-green light this morning, their lavender bells quivering high above the sea of foliage. In a lush, shady corner of my garden, under an overhanging Acer, Hostas provide attractive ground cover and their tall flower spikes create structure in early summer. Hostas in the Garden Blue-hued… Continue reading How to use Hostas in the Garden

Crab Apple Trees: Year-Round Interest

Crab apples are beautiful, compact trees with vibrant autumn foliage followed by clusters of buttery yellow, bright ruby red or mellow orange fruits that adorn the branches for many months. Spring brings prolific flowering with pure white, pink and red blossom, and attractive foliage, often with deep purple tones. Thriving in almost any soil and… Continue reading Crab Apple Trees: Year-Round Interest

It is a BEAUTIFUL Lawn…

Lawns occupy a special place in the hearts of most UK gardeners. That stretch of closely cropped grass sets off herbaceous borders, is the site of vicious games of croquet and more considerate games of bowls. Apparently they have been playing lawn bowls in Southampton since 1299. In the meantime there are references to King… Continue reading It is a BEAUTIFUL Lawn…

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