Gardening

How to colour your mood

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A spiral of colour is the theme top designer Tom Massey has taken on in his latest show garden which displays the way gardens can enhance your mood and help your wellbeing.

A moving experience

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So, are you one of the millions who can't afford - or choose not - to buy your own property? If you love your outdoor space, it may be time to consider how to move your garden.

School for green fingers

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Not sure how to prune properly? Want a beginner's guide to vegetable growing? Fancy a new career as a garden designer?

Love your gardening Valentine

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The way to a gardener's heart is a green-fingered gift and as Valentine's Day looms, there's no better time to splash out on a patio-perfect present.

Sensational snowdrops

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It's snowdrop season, when garden organisations nationwide open their gates to the public to enjoy these little white beauties in all their glory.

Planting for birds

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No doubt bird feeders and baths will be filled by many of us in the run-up to the annual Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest garden wildlife survey, which this year takes place from January 28-30.

Heaven scent in winter

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There may be few reasons to venture into the garden at this time of year, but scent is one of them.

Holidays and horticulture

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New Year is the time when we think about booking our holidays - and for the green-fingered, that might include a garden visit or even a garden-themed break.

The plant with staying power

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Already thinking about taking the decorations down? Have your poinsettias started to wilt and is the mistletoe looking tired?

Strange things about plants

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Did you know that poison dart frogs raise their young in tank bromeliads high up in the rainforest canopy? Or that juniper wood once fuelled illicit whisky distilleries?

Plan ahead for bigger harvests

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Creating a vegetable patch, whether on a large piece of ground or within a smaller raised bed, can bring rich rewards if you plan carefully.

Perk up your poinsettia

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They are the symbol of Christmas, their traditional red bracts bringing festive cheer to the home - and now Poinsettias come in a range of colours, including light pinks and creams, which would complement more subtle decor.

Deck the halls with berries and branches

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There are so many bits and pieces from the garden you can use to make festive decorations, from Christmas tree clippings as a base for traditional wreaths, to variegated holly with berries, crab apples, poppy seedheads, euonymus and cones.

De-stress with a winter walk

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Take a break from Christmas shopping, list-making and party planning by enjoying the best of winter gardens nationwide.

Christmas tree tips

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If you've dusted off your tree stand, got your baubles out and are surrounded by sparkling tinsel, it must be almost time to put the Christmas tree up.

Christmas gifts for the gardener

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Green-fingered friends and family may have precision tools, pampering presents or ornamental must-haves on their Christmas wish lists, and indeed there is the perfect gift for gardeners out there - you just have to find it...

Bag a gardening book this Christmas

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As winter beckons and thoughts of the festive season are upon us, now is a good time to plan new beds and borders, find inspiring ideas for your garden and work out how you want your garden to look next year.

Amazing acers

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The Japanese maple, or acer, is one of those supremely elegant plants with fine, fern-like foliage in colours to die for, from deep burgundy to pink and white, many producing a brilliant display of intense hues in autumn.

Capture autumn on camera

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Autumn is a glorious season offering plenty of opportunities for garden photography enthusiasts to capture bold-coloured trees, shrubs and fallen leaves.

Go batty in the garden

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They may conjure up images of ghostly goings-on around Halloween time, but bats should be welcomed into our gardens.