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Window boxes

by Rhiannon James

Finding the right container is key to creating a sensational window box display – we’ve picked our favourites.

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Gardening gifts

by Drucilla James

Present inspiration, from quirky stocking-fillers to life’s little luxuries, for the gardeners in your life.


Dine Alfresco

by Drucilla James

Outdoor rooms, particularly dining rooms, are sought-after features of the garden and using some of our favourite products they can now be made as glamorous and inviting as their indoor counterparts. There are even some suggestions on protection from the elements to render them the perfect alternative to eating inside.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014: the trade stands

by Drucilla James

What could be more luxurious than the opulent Khora Architectural Dome garden room inspired by the Palm House at Kew? Winner of the Best Trade Stand at Chelsea, this stately pleasure dome of curved glass and steel allows 360 degree views from which to contemplate life, the sky and the universe. Sadly with a starting price of £240,000 the Khora is unlikely to fit every plot and pocket, but if you still want to sprinkle a little Chelsea stardust at home, then try out some of these other sybaritic splendours spotted on the trade stands this year.

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Growing from seed: sowing kit

by Drucilla James

Scoops, sporks, sprakes, swoes and wrotters – gardening has a language all of its own when it comes to describing the tools of the trade. Here are some suggested seed-sowing tools, from dibbers to twine dollies, to make the growing easier this spring.

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Growing under glass: plants go undercover

by Drucilla James

Growing plants under glass protects them from weather, be it gale, ice, drought or deluge, and provides the ideal microclimate to start them off well and extend their growing season, as well as generating some extra garden space. From tiny cubes to garden houses, here is our selection of the best for small gardens.

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Container gardening: first find your container

by Drucilla James

The must-have for urban gardening, there’s a container for whatever style of garden you favour. We suggest some less run-of-the-mill city planters to lend pizazz to your space.

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Presents perfect for gardeners

by Drucilla James

Here are some of our favourite gifts for gardeners – from the dilettante to the dedicated, for any season. From the practical to the playful and the ephemeral to the enduringly beautiful, there should be something to please everyone.

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Deck the Garden

by Drucilla James

Gladden the eyes of passers-by and welcome in your guests with these Christmas decorations for the outdoors.

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Bird, bug and animal houses:creature comforts to bring wildlife in from the cold

by Drucilla James

As countryside food supplies dwindle and temperatures fall, wild creatures, like the aristocrats of old, are heading to town for the winter season. Given the on-going decline of the usual habitats, we suggest alternative much sought-after properties to see these creatures through the cold .