Put a spring in your step; now is the best time to prepare your garden for next spring!

Garden toolsTiming is crucial when it comes to good gardening practice and, thankfully, the gardening industry has really caught onto this fact. The sale of new season bulbs has always been carefully planned but now, more than ever, you will notice a distinct rigidness in the release of next season bulbs – you’ve got this to blame for the late September garden centre chaos that we all know and loathe.

Avoid the bedlam (and the perils of a packed garden centre car park) by doing your research, planning ahead and, wherever possible, ordering online.

You can get started with all of the above right here at Mail Garden Shop! Continue reading

Transform your garden into a winter wonderland…

snowdropThe ‘w’ word might seem a little premature but as you know, the best winter garden displays take a little preparation and forethought – also, we don’t want to put a dampener on autumnal proceedings, but (at time of writing) there’s only another 14 WEEKS until Christmas!

This week we looked at ways of adding a touch of Christmas cheer to our gardens. We’ve tracked down, not only the most beautiful blooms, but the hardiest, as well as the right garden tools for the job. Finally we pulled together the best seasonal gardening tips and pearls of advice to give you a complete how-to guide on the perfect winter garden.

Here’s how to plan for your most colourful winter garden display yet: Continue reading

Autumn ahoy!

Autumn chillAnyone else feeling rather autumnal all of a sudden? A change is most definitely afoot…we can feel it in our pansies.

Because baking can’t have all the fun we’re celebrating the arrival of the most colourful season of all as we witness our great British gardens transform before our very eyes; goodbye summer, hello autumn.

As the morning air begins to crisp and freshen and the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to prepare the garden for the arrival of a new season. Continue reading

Q&A with Pamela Johnson

Pamela Johnson Garden

This week we interviewed successful and exceptionally talented garden designer and general creative deity, Pamela Johnson.

Pamela is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers, the leading UK professional body for garden design. Her own small garden in South West London (pictured) has been attracting visitors through the National Gardens Scheme for over twenty years. Pamela’s gardening prowess is demonstrated in many impressive mature gardens in London and around the UK. Her skills and dedication to this unique profession are undeniable and here’s how she can make a difference to you and your garden…. Continue reading

For DIY with real creative license and delicious rewards, try growing your own

female gardenerThere are few things more satisfying (in context of course) than growing your own – It’s DIY for the garden after all! What’s more, the very idea of spending an afternoon busying yourself with such a project is consummately more appetising than the prospect of an afternoon slaving over flat-packs and desperately seeking missing screws – wouldn’t you agree?

Perhaps it’s one of the more positive responses to the global credit crunch (there has to be some), or maybe it has more to do with a collective emergent desire to be more self-sufficient and organic in our choices; whatever the reasoning, the trend for GYO fruit and veg is most definitely…growing. Continue reading

Plan ahead: Prepare your garden in advance with our winter garden tips…

planting herbs

Gardening in the winter is neither practical nor fruitful (who wants to panic-plant in the cold and wet? Not us!); which is why a little work over the coming month or so will ensure that all is in place by the time you switch that central heating back on! Continue reading

Make it count: Find the perfect plants and bulbs for small gardens or limited outdoor space

hanging baskets
Avoid falling into the familiar trappings of the typical garden by taking a more creative approach to your outdoor space – trust us, you’ll send the neighbours green with envy!

When it comes to sprucing up our precious gardens we’re thinking out of the box…(the box being our garden!). Sound intriguing? Here are some crafty small-space ideas currently being implemented by various Mail Garden Shop team members…. Continue reading

Perk the place up: Add a splash of colour to your patio pots

container gardening

If you’re a fan of fresh cut flowers (and please tell us who isn’t?!) then you’re going to love this. Outdoor space comes at a premium when you’re a townie or city resident – all the more reason to embrace it and make it as attractive as possible.

We all love flowers around the home and outdoor containers and patio pots can do the exact same job – al fresco!

You can grow lovely flowers, no matter what hand your landlord or the unforgiving property market may have dealt you. Even if you’ve got the most petite of patios, then read on for advice on how to transform it into something special: Continue reading

Grow your own piece of paradise

Urban gardening

…And make it bright and beautiful!

If you’re one of the many city or town residents with previously frustrated green fingers and a budding interest in gardening (with a difference), then you’re most definitely not alone. Gone are the days when the very notion of gardening was restricted to the hobby and interest lists of our parents or general suburbanites reveling in more space.

With austerity measures and the credit backlash came a refreshing do-it-yourself approach and, as times have changed, so too have attitudes to growing our own and enjoying the fruits of our labour. Whether it’s flowersplants or organic fruit and veg; growing your own (successfully) is one of life’s simple and very rewarding pleasures – and more and more people are realising it. Continue reading

Summer-ready your garden with Mail Garden Shop…

200252356-001Preparing your garden for summer time is one of the most wonderful things that both avid and reluctant gardeners alike can do. The fruits of your labour are suddenly there for all to see and the prospect of spending time outside enjoying them is all the reward you need.

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