Plants

How to make a Hanging Basket

Hanging baskets are a great way to break up blank walls and soften door ways or just show off your gorgeous bedding. We have made a video to show you how to make a hanging basket using moss, which makes the process a lot easier if you are building ...

How to Save Your Box Plants and Hedges

The versatile Box Plant (Buxus spp) has long given even the smallest of gardens an extra touch of grandeur. Sadly though, your crisp edged box hedge or topiary can quickly become brown, yellow or bare when obliterated by pests or diseases. Box ...

The Autumn Garden Lawns, Borders and Containers

Here are a few tips and ideas to prepare your Autumn garden for winter and the following spring. LAWNS If your lawns are looking a bit pale, treat them with an Autumn feed. Autumn fertiliser has a high content of Phosphorus and Potassium, this ...

When Can I Move Snowdrops?

Snowdrops are fantastic little flowerers when all is dull and grey in January. Why not increase your snowdrop colony by dividing a few, or even asking a friend if you could steal a few to start your own. There is much talk about when to move ...

Garden Design Ideas Impressive Plants for Handsome Borders

Garden Design, Planting Ideas: Impressive Plants for Handsome Borders Planting borders can be a daunting prospect. There are so many rules to follow and questions to ask before selecting the right plant for the right place. Even after that rigid ...

What’s Eating My Laurel?

The answer is very likely to be nothing! The chances are it's a bad case of Shot hole. This fungal disease attacks the leaves which leave small irregular pale brown patches that will eventually fall out, giving the appearance similar to that of a ...

How to keep your Hyacinths going after Christmas

What should you do when your beautifully scented Hyacinth flowers have all gone over? Snip off the hyacinth flower spike. Put the pot outside in a sheltered position and let the green leaves die back naturally. Remove the brown and ...

My Rhododendron’s Stop Flowering What’s Wrong?

We get many questions about rhododendrons at The Perfect Garden, so we have put together a few pointers to keep your rhodies flowering! As with most plants, garden centres will sell rhododendrons when they look their best which is in full flower. ...

Tips for the Fastest and Most Successful Way to Germinate Seeds

Whether you are starting a border from scratch or just need to fill a few gaps, why not fill it with annuals? Annuals are plants that you can sow direct into the ground or into pots and then plant out when the weather is a bit warmer. They ...

Whitefly, Blackfly and Sooty Mould are Attacking My Plants

The weather will soon warm up and we will be eager to get into the greenhouse to pot on our plants for the summer. Unfortunately with the joy of growing plants comes the inevitable greenhouse pests! Whitefly feed on the sap from the leaves and ...

Looking After Poinsettias at Christmas and Beyond

The first day of December marks the start of Christmas but how early can we buy our poinsettias? and can we really keep them going past Christmas and beyond? The answer is yes! follow our few simple steps to  'over-summering!' and preparing your ...

Buying Plants and Garden Products Online

Gardeners are creatures of habit. They generally go to their local nursery or garden centre for all plants and garden supplies.  What you may not realise is there are enormous benefits from buying plants and garden products online instead. The ...

What’s Black and Slimy and Eating my Lilies?

What's black and slimy and eating my Lilies?! No it's not a joke! If your lilies or fritillaries are being merrily munched as soon as your back is turned, the most likely culprit is the lily beetle or their larvae. The lily beetle is a red ...

How to kill Clover in Lawns and save Bees

Beautiful striped lawns are often the center piece of well maintained gardens. However, towards the end of July and early August, white clover will start to show up amongst the grass, usually right in the center of your perfect light stripes! ...

Hot Weather and Holiday Tips for the Garden

Every year as we leave the winter behind, we are optimistically hopeful for a long hot summer! When it eventually arrives we find ourselves frantically watering pots and baskets. We stare at the lawn in despair, wondering whether it is worth the ...