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Home trend: Indoor Urban Jungle

The indoor urban jungle trend is huge right now, with social media packed full of photographs of apartments and houses adorned with plants. The rise of urban living mixed with our need to be close to nature has no doubt given rise to the indoor urban jungle. There are many ways to create your own style depending on where you live, how much light your house or apartment gets and what plants you love. An indoor urban jungle can be just a corner of the room, a whole room or the entire house. We’ve got a selection of ideas for you to give you some inspiration.

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Ladybirds - nature’s garden pest control patrol

The first sighting of ladybirds in spring is a sign for gardeners everywhere to rejoice. These cute little beetles with their cheerful red and black spotted coats are actually voracious predators, and they like nothing better than hoovering up pests such as aphids and scale insects. With each ladybird capable of eating around 5000 aphids in its lifetime, it’s definitely worth getting to know them better.

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6 x garden plants for shady spaces

Most gardens have shady spaces that can seem hard to fill with lovely, attractive plants but some of the most beautiful garden plants can grow perfectly well in a shady space and even thrive for many years. Make sure you know what your soil conditions are so you can pick the right plants to grow in shade and you can create a colourful spot in the garden even without sunlight. These top 6 plants for a shady space are well worth trying to grow in your garden if you have a shady space.

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How to identify pests and diseases?

There is nothing more frustrating than finding pests and diseases on your lovely plants after tending to them with love and attention. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimise the risk of plant pests and diseases, mainly ensuring they receive the care that they need. But even after all of your efforts, they can still sneak up on your plants and be a real pain. Plants that are thriving, indoors or outside will not show any signs of yellowing or brown leaves or dry, curly edges. Whilst many of these could also be a sign of not optimum conditions, which in itself can lead to pests and diseases but this is a sign your plants are in distress. Keep a check on watering levels, light levels and make sure you have the right plant for the right place which will help to minimise any problems. So, if you are concerned about pests and diseases on your plants, this guide will help you to identify them

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Guide to attending and being inspired at a garden show

The garden show season gets going every year in April and apart from the few over the Winter months, it is the time to get some amazing inspiration from the shows for your own garden. However, there are so many shows around the country, which one should you attend and if you only have a day to visit, how do you fit it all in? Our tips should give you a good guide to the shows and ideas for planning your day.

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Garden plant of the moment: Rose

It’s a symbol of love, and the subject of sonnets, but above all, the rose is one of our most popular and beautiful garden plants. Despite their elegant appearance, roses are surprisingly tough and easy to grow, and there’s one to suit every garden.

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Create your own Japanese garden

Japanese gardens have their own very distinct style and many elements can be incorporated into any size garden, which is great news for all of use, since Japanese gardens create a relaxed, zen-like feel to the garden. A great deal of this style if about enjoying and appreciating the wonders of nature whilst ensuring that not all parts of the garden can be seen all of the time. This gives it a feeling of mystery and tranquillity.

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Better together: tips on companion planting

Companion planting is the practice of growing plants together to benefit each other, whether by attracting pollinating insects, deterring pests like aphids or slugs, or improving plant health and flavour. Although the jury’s still out on the science behind companion planting, there’s no doubt that it improves biodiversity, and it’s fun to do. Try it for yourself and see what works for you.

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What to do in your garden in May?

May’s a busy month in the garden. Summer’s just around the corner and everywhere you look, plants are flowering and bees are buzzing. When the sun shines, there’s nothing better than a garden in May, so here are a few tips to get your garden looking its best.

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Houseplant of the month: Tillandsia

The Tillandsia is quite an interesting tropical treat. Most have only a few or no roots at all, but gather their nutrients from the air through their leaves. It is therefore that Tillandsias are also known as ‘Air Plants’. Most Tillandsias are epiphytes or lithophytes: they grow on trees or rocks. 

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