Turn over a new leaf: NIGEL COLBORN explains how to make 2023 a great gardening year

Turn over a new leaf: NIGEL COLBORN explains how to make 2023 a great gardening year After saturating rains in November and December came a pre-Christmas freeze  Nigel Colborn explains how we can now make 2023 a great gardening year  UK-based gardening expert details tips such as building a compost bay   By Nigel Colborn for … Read more

Rocky wonder show: Versatile Alpines are year-round pleasers and thrive in stone containers

Rocky wonder show: Versatile Alpines are year-round pleasers and thrive in stone containers Nigel Colborn says that alpine sinks or troughs can become year-round features UK-based garden expert says they can be raised on bricks or stone  Added that trough gardens are versatile and soil types can suit different plants Says that most mountain plants … Read more

The Mail’s Planet Friendly Garden at Hampton Court festival features species that tackle pollution

Gardeners can have a dramatic effect on climate change by adopting small but significant changes to the way we garden. By planting trees, hedges and shrubs that are proven to store carbon, we can clean up the air and encourage a diverse range of wildlife in our urban spaces.  Simple practices like letting the grass … Read more

EYE-POPPING PRIMULAS: For a true blaze of colour, these cowslip cousins are a summer joy

EYE-POPPING PRIMULAS: For a true blaze of colour, these cowslip cousins are a summer joy Nigel Colborn reveals that it has been a ‘fantastic’ spring for primulas this year UK-based gardening expert says that Asiatic primulas are just getting started  Candelabra primulas’ colours range through creams to yellow or vivid orange By Nigel Colborn for … Read more

Hello to the patio: It’s the time of year to plan colour and scent in your favourite hideaways

Hello to the patio: It’s the time of year to plan colour and scent in your favourite hideaways Nigel Colborn shares advice on how to re-jig our terraces and patios for Spring UK-based garden expert says that a well-planted patio is beautiful all year round He says it’s time to replant patio pots with crocus … Read more

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