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Creating your own Butterfly garden

If supermodels were insects, they’d be butterflies – deceptively fragile-looking and impossibly gorgeous, turning heads whenever they appear. But there’s more to butterflies than just good looks. They do sterling work as pollinators, and a thriving butterfly population is a key indicator of a healthy ecosystem rich in biodiversity. Sadly, due to loss of habitat, pesticide use and changing weather patterns, many butterfly species are in decline, so making your garden butterfly-friendly has never been more important.

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How to encourage late summer flowers?

It is easy to encourage late summer flowers for as long as possible, all year round, and whilst it can be a little more tricky during the cold winter months, there are definitely ways to extend the flowering season in your garden to as late in the year as possible. We’ve put together these ideas to help you encourage those last summer flowers to enjoy for as long as you can. 

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Top vegetable growing tips for July

 ‘In July the sun is hot / Is it shining / No, it’s not!’ As musical comedy duo Flanders and Swann pointed out back in the sixties, the weather in July can be chancy, but nevertheless, it’s a great month for gardeners. The days are long, and you can start to really enjoy the fruits of your labours in the veg patch. To make this year your best harvest ever, here are a few tips on what to do now, as well as how to get the better of plant pests and diseases.

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Garden plant of the moment: Anemone

Late in summer, as other flowers start to fade, Japanese anemones come into their own. With their elegant sculpted flowers on long graceful stems and their bold maple-like leaves, they’re an unmissable presence in the border well into autumn. Happiest in partial shade, they’re ideal for brightening up dull spots in the garden, and once they’re settled they’ll spread and come back year after year. Here’s how to make sure your Japanese anemones grow and flourish.

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Outdoor Style: Modern gardens

To create a modern garden think sharp lines with a touch of drama in a flowing space. Striking, yet comfortable modern gardens can be designed in any space no matter where you live. Materials are usually kept to a maximum of three, with minimalist planting and focal point plants. Here is our guide to help you create your own modern garden.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is like no other, from 2nd to 7th July. For a relaxed, fun and inspirational day head over to the show this weekend and enjoy the incredible show gardens with a Pimms in your hand. Here are our top picks for you to enjoy at this year's show.

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What to do in the garden in July?

It’s July, and the holidays are here! Time to enjoy the traditional British summer weather, whatever it turns out to be. In the garden, things are looking good, with flowering plants in full bloom and the first fruit and veg ready to harvest. Here are a few tips to keep your garden looking its best through the holiday season.

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Guide to greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse gardening is ideal for those gardeners who want to extend the gardening season, grow all year round or grow plants that usually don't survive in our gardens. Get started with our step by step guide! 

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How to maintain your vegetable garden?

Keeping a vegetable garden in order can be a lot of work but with a few simple steps things can be kept growing along

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How to encourage newts into your garden?

There’s something especially thrilling about finding newts in the garden. These lizard-like amphibians eat bugs and slugs that would damage precious plants, and finding them in your garden is a sign of a healthy eco-system.

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5 x using repurposed furniture as plant stands and support

It’s not only trendy but extremely thrifty to repurpose furniture but have you ever thought about using your old furniture as plant stands? So not only will you not have to take a trip to the tip or break up your beloved furniture but you can give it a whole new lease of life by using it for plants. Here are some great ideas to rehome your plants.

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4 x Outdoor lighting ideas for your home and garden

Outdoor lighting for your home and garden can create a completely different look and even gives added security along with being able to enjoy the darker evenings in the garden as well. From sensor lighting to fairy lights, pathway lighting to border lights - even lights on fountains - there is so much that can be done for garden ambiance. Here we have a few ideas for you, but the options really are endless!

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