Ready for a rosy summer? Pruning and planting now is perfect prep for summer blooms

Ready for a rosy summer? Pruning and planting now is perfect prep for summer blooms Nigel Colborn says this is the season for pruning and planting roses  Roses are the megastars for midsummer colour, fragrance and romance  UK-based gardening expert says with 30,000 varieties, you’re spoilt for choice By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Published: … Read more

Brighten the darkness: Banish winter blues with sweet fragrances and delicate colours 

Brighten the darkness: Banish winter blues with sweet fragrances and delicate colours Nigel Colborn says we have the mildest winters in Northern Europe  UK-based gardening expert recommends making the best of milder winters   Among winter perennials, flowers are appearing sooner and in greater numbers  By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Published: 23:49 GMT, 21 … Read more

Roll out the pink carpet: The changing season can still be a time of bright beauty 

Roll out the pink carpet: The changing season can still be a time of bright beauty Nigel Colborn says a garden needs good design to hold winter interesting  Suggests well-placed features such as clipped evergreens, hedges or pergolas UK-based gardening expert says bergenias have massive winter value   By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Published: … Read more

Colour me happy! Fragrant phloxes help brighten up those tricky gaps between seasons

Colour me happy! Fragrant phloxes help brighten up those tricky gaps between seasons Nigel Colborn says border phloxes are valuable summer perennials Colourful, fragrant and with sturdy stems, best could carry flowers in September UK-based gardening expert they grow best in fertile, free – draining soil By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Published: 22:05 … Read more

There is nothing staid about Granny’s Bonnet – and they reproduce prolifically

Self-sowing seductors: There is nothing staid about Granny’s Bonnet — and they reproduce prolifically Nigel Colborn says Granny’s Bonnets, also called columbines, are delightful British gardening expert reveals almost all columbines are easy to grow He says columbines tend to be short-lived but will self-sow copiously  By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Published: 22:07 … Read more

Thyme for sage advice: Home-grown herbs are best for fragrance and flavour

Thyme for sage advice: Home-grown herbs are best for fragrance and flavour Nigel Colborn says herbs are as pretty and fragrant as the finest garden plants British gardening expert claims they’re easy to grow, especially in sunny spaces He says each summer you can increase herb numbers with annual varieties  By Nigel Colborn for the … Read more

Plants with plum-coloured leaves may need more pampering but they’re worth it, says Monty Don

My purple patch! Plants with plum-coloured leaves may need more pampering but they’re worth it for the splash of colour they serve up, says Monty Don Monty Don says purple-leaved plants need more pampering than green-leaved British gardening expert claims purple-leaved plants add more depth to a border He reveals purple-leaved plants in his Jewel … Read more

Grow your own sensational strawberries – just like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children

Between the ages of seven and 16 I was at boarding school, and on my birthday in early July my parents would visit with the special treat of strawberries from the garden at home.  The quantity varied enormously. Some years I was presented with just one small punnet; in other years I could feed practically … Read more

Poppies: These beauties will self-sow, giving you free flowers all summer

Top of the poppies! These beauties will self-sow, giving you free flowers all summer long Nigel Colborn advised people to begin sowing some of their plants for summer   The gardening expert said he is transplanting his crowded poppy seedlings Nigel also told gardeners to grow native yellow Welsh poppies in shaded areas By Nigel Colborn … Read more

Not all trees are green! Reduce carbon footprint and support wildlife by planting wisely

Not all trees are green! Reduce carbon footprint and support wildlife by planting wisely Professor Antonelli says old forests soak up more carbon than new ones  Nigel Colborn explores what gardeners can do for trees, climate and wildlife British gardening expert says trees and long-term shrubs support nature    By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail … Read more

A dash of Autumn colour: Red, pink and gold – bulbs to brighten up the dullest of spaces 

A dash of Autumn colour: Red, pink and gold — bulbs to brighten up the dullest of spaces Nigel Colborn shared advice for brightening up dull spaces with Autumn colours British gardening expert said small trees and shrubs can brighten a garden up Autumn is short-lived so the smaller the working space, the more selective … Read more