What are the best plants and trees to add to your garden?

What are the best plants and trees to add to your garden?

Transforming your garden into a lush oasis requires a careful selection of plants and trees. The right choices not only enhance the aesthetics but also provide year-round interest and support local wildlife. In this guide, we explore a variety of options, from towering trees to vibrant shrubs, to help you bring life and vibrancy to your garden. Don’t forget to have a look at your options for garden sheds to be able to keep all of your tools away properly no matter the weather. This way you don’t have to worry about what you’re using or if it’s going to be in good condition because you know that it will be. Whether you seek shade, colour or a combination of both, these recommendations will help inspire your choices when adding more plants to your garden.

Evergreens

Evergreens are invaluable additions to any garden, offering year-round beauty, structure and practicality. Their vibrant foliage remains lush and green throughout the seasons, providing a constant backdrop of colour and texture. Evergreens also act as reliable privacy screens, shielding your garden from prying eyes, wind and noise. Moreover, they serve as wildlife habitats, attracting birds and beneficial insects. Varieties like pine, spruce and cedar are easy to maintain, making them excellent choices for low-maintenance landscapes. Hedging UK offers a range of evergreen hedging plants such as Portuguese laurel, green beech and holly.

Perennials

Choosing perennials for your garden is a wise investment in lasting beauty and reduced maintenance. These enduring plants return year after year, offering a dependable source of colour, texture and fragrance. With a wide array of options like hostas, day lilies and coneflowers, you can create diverse landscapes that suit your style and climate. Unlike annuals, perennials require less replanting, saving time and money. They also promote soil health and attract pollinators. By carefully selecting perennials that thrive in your region, you can establish a garden that provides enduring charm and evolves with each passing season, making it a sustainable and enjoyable space each year.

Climbing plants

Selecting climbing plants for your garden is a captivating way to maximise vertical space and add lush, vertical interest. These versatile wonders, such as clematis, wisteria and honeysuckle, bring beauty and functionality to your outdoor space. Climbers can adorn walls, trellises and arbours, softening harsh structures and creating enchanting focal points. Many varieties produce fragrant blooms, attracting pollinators and creating an inviting atmosphere. Some even bear edible fruits or provide dense foliage for added privacy.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers are crucial components of ecosystems and play diverse vital roles in our environment. First, they support pollinators like bees and butterflies, aiding in the reproduction of many plant species, including agricultural crops. Additionally, they help control soil erosion by stabilising soil with their roots, improving soil health and water retention. Wildflowers also offer habitat and food for various wildlife species, promoting biodiversity. Furthermore, they enhance air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Their beauty and adaptability make them valuable for landscaping and rewilding efforts, enriching our landscapes while fostering a sustainable and biodiverse natural world.

Herb collections

Herb collections are a delightful and practical addition to any garden or kitchen. These aromatic plants provide a steady supply of fresh, flavourful ingredients for cooking, enhancing culinary creations with vibrant tastes and aromas. Moreover, growing and cultivating your own herbs can be an educational and rewarding experience, deepening your understanding of plant care and herbal remedies.

Fruit and veg

Growing your own fruit and vegetables in your garden is a rewarding and sustainable endeavour. It allows you to enjoy the freshest, most flavourful produce right at your doorstep. Not only does it save money, but it also reduces your carbon footprint by cutting down on transportation and packaging. Gardening fosters a deeper connection with nature and provides a sense of accomplishment as you nurture plants from seed to table. Moreover, it encourages a healthier diet, packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Native plants

Native plants are a superb choice for your garden, promoting local biodiversity and requiring minimal maintenance. Consider including bluebells, known for their enchanting springtime displays, and foxgloves, which attract bees and add vertical interest. Meadowsweet offers delicate white flowers and is excellent for damp areas. Red campion provides vibrant pink blooms and yarrow boasts clusters of small, white flowers that draw pollinators. All these native plants are well-suited to the UK’s climate and soil conditions, making them eco-friendly and visually appealing choices for your garden.

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Our week that was: All about cooking and gardening

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This week was all about cooking and gardening. Even though I barely left the house, it was a very busy and  sociable seven days.

Preparing for our garden visit

Garden group visit

On Thursday, we hosted a garden visit by some of the members of our local Women’s Institute Garden Group and some from the village Facebook Garden Group. It was a glorious, sunny evening and the timing was just right – our garden is looking lovely with a lot of the plants currently coming into flower. I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies and a tray of chocolate covered flapjacks for our guests to have with their teas and coffees.

People arriving at the Women's Institute plant sale

Women's Institute plant sale table

Women’s Institute plant sale & coffee morning

At the weekend, the Women’s Institute organised a plant sale and coffee morning at the Cottage. I didn’t get my seed sowing act together this year, so I couldn’t provide any plants or seedlings. Instead, my contribution was of the baked variety; pecan blondies.

The event was a great success, very well attended, and I went home with a tray of various flowering plants and vegetable seedlings for our garden.

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The Bear

Justin & I met in Brighton in the 1990s while working as chefs in the same Mexican restaurant. We both worked in restaurants, kitchens and bars for about 20 years each; because of this, The Bear appealed to us. First aired in June last year, the 8-episode series has received good reviews and numerous awards.

We watched the first episode and almost left it at that. It was full-on, high octane and made us remember why we’re glad we no longer work in the industry. We decided to stick at it, and we’re glad we did, we really enjoyed it. The acting, dialogue and photography were top quality; it left us wanting more.

The Bear is available to watch on Hulu – the second series is due to be released later this month (June 2023).

How to keep your garden clean and organised for a better growing experience

How to keep your garden clean and organised for a better growing experience

Transform your garden into a refreshing outdoor oasis with these simple tips for keeping it clean and organised. Discover how to maintain the perfect balance of lush greenery and relaxing ambiance that will invigorate your senses and soothe your soul. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned gardener, ensuring a well-maintained garden is crucial for optimal growth and aesthetic appeal. Follow these expert tips to keep your garden clean, organised and looking beautiful all year long.

Clean up debris

Transform your garden into a thriving outdoor haven by keeping it clean and free of debris. Leaves, branches and twigs may seem harmless, but they can attract harmful pests and diseases to your beloved plants. By regularly cleaning and removing dead or decaying plants, weeds and overgrown foliage, you can ensure a healthy and welcoming space for your garden to flourish. Don’t let clutter hold back your garden’s full potential – clean it up and let it thrive!

Install oil tanks

Declutter your garden while keeping it in top condition with oil tanks. These convenient storage units allow you to safely store fertilisers and chemicals away from your main outdoor areas. Protect your plants from soil erosion and insect pests while keeping everything you need for a thriving garden in one organised place. Trust oil tanks to simplify your gardening routine and beautify your outdoor space. Be sure to install oil tank containers to keep your garden healthy!

Watering system

Having an effective watering system is essential for keeping your garden clean and organised. Installing water butts and a proper irrigation system will ensure that all the plants get the required amount of water on a regular basis without having to water them every day manually. Moreover, it can help save water consumption by allowing you to adjust water pressure levels accordingly depending on your needs and requirements at any given time.

Mulching

Mulching is one of the most important aspects of keeping your garden clean and organised. It helps prevent weed growth by inhibiting light from reaching their roots while creating a protective layer around plant roots that keeps moisture in the soil during hot summer days. Furthermore, mulch acts as a natural fertiliser for plants by breaking down over time, providing vital nutrients that help keep them healthy and strong all year round.

Pruning & trimming

Regularly pruning and trimming plants helps keep them healthy while ensuring they do not grow too tall or wild out of control over time. Pruning allows you to shape trees into more aesthetically pleasing forms while removing dead branches or diseased sections before they spread throughout the entire tree trunk or stem, quickly causing serious damage over time if left unchecked properly in due time! Additionally, regular trimming helps promote good air circulation throughout the canopy, which prevents mould growth while increasing photosynthesis efficiency leading to higher yields!

Composting

Composting is another effective way of keeping your garden clean and organised whilst providing vital nutrients for plants at the same time! Compost helps improve soil structure making it easier for roots to penetrate deeper into subsoil layers allowing for better nutrient absorption over time! Additionally, compost attracts beneficial microorganisms such as earthworms whose activities aerate soils leading to improved drainage during wetter periods, thus helping reduce instances of plant diseases due to excessively wet conditions often experienced during rainy seasons!

Keeping your garden clean and organised is an essential part of maintaining a healthy and vibrant space. By following these steps, such as cleaning up debris, installing oil tanks, setting up watering systems, mulching plants regularly, pruning and trimming trees properly and composting to provide vital nutrients for the soil; you can easily ensure that your garden remains neat and tidy year-round while providing plenty of opportunities for growth! With just a few simple steps you can keep your outdoor oasis looking its best while enjoying it at its fullest potential.

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Price Points: Bulb planters

Bulb planters

I’ve been itching to get out into the garden and get the soil between my fingers. It feels as though winter has gone on forever this year!

April and May are the recommended months for planting summer and autumn-flowering bulbs; blooms such as agapanthus, alliums, anemones, begonias, cannas, crocosmia, dahlias, eucomis, freesias, gladioli, lilies, nerines and peonies.

I planted a number of daffodils and narcissi at the front of the cottage when we first moved in, but I want to plant lots more. The earth in most of the garden is well drained and easy to work. At the front of the house it is much harder and more compacted – making holes to plant bulbs is a laborious job. A bulb planter would make the task somewhat easier. A long handled one would be my favoured option – less stress on the back. Check out the bulb planters we’ve short-listed.

  1. Bulb planter: £5.05, B&Q
  2. Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter: £32.99, Crocus
  3. Sneeboer timber bulb planter: £119.95, Harrod Horticultural

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Sneeboer timber bulb planter
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
£119.95
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
£32.99
Bulb planter
Bulb planter
£5.05
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
£119.95
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
£32.99
Bulb planter
Bulb planter
£5.05
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
£119.95
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
£32.99
Bulb planter
Bulb planter
£5.05
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
£119.95
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
£32.99
Bulb planter
Bulb planter
£5.05
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
Sneeboer timber bulb planter
£119.95
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
Kent and Stowe stainless steel long handled bulb planter
£32.99
Bulb planter
Bulb planter
£5.05