A moving experience

Are your borders looking overgrown and overcrowded? If some of your stalwart shrubs and perennials have outgrown their space or simply aren't thriving in their current position, it may be time to move them.

Biological warfare against pests


Those of us who yearn to ditch the blue pellets and quick-fix chemical sprays in favour of more eco-friendly garden pest controls, should perhaps be taking a biological approach.

Jo tunes in to garden sounds


When Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley switches off from her busy broadcasting career, she's frequently found tuning in to music of a different kind.

Create a hedgehog haven


In the last decade, hedgehog numbers have gone down by 30% due to a variety of factors including habitat loss and changes in farming techniques, according to The Wildlife Trusts, which estimates there may be less than a million left in the UK.

Make outdoor space a fun place


So you've bought them the junior gardening gloves, mini-forks and little wheelbarrows to get your kids in the mood for gardening - but when all the planting's done, what's next?

Holiday maintenance


If you're away for a fortnight in the summer holidays and don't want to return to bedraggled borders, dried-out pots and a lawn which looks like straw, take action now.

Slug it out


The explosion in the slug population predicted by wildlife experts earlier this year has been painfully evident in my garden, as the slimy critters have munched their way through beds, borders and container plants.

Barking up the right tree


Award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has three dogs - two Spaniels, Honey and Arthur and a Japanese Chin called Nina - none of whom have yet trashed his beautiful garden in the Cotswolds.

Time to climb


Do you have a tall space you'd like to fill with fragrant blooms? Or perhaps an eyesore you want to mask?

Growing trend in prisons


For some time now we've all known that gardening is among the best pastimes for both physical and mental wellbeing - but it's also being used to help rehabilitate prisoners and give them hope for the future.

Showcasing new trends


Subtle planting, soft blue, gentle pinks and white palettes, plus a focus on naturalistic designs and a strong health and wellbeing message formed a big part of Chelsea Flower Show this year.

High season for open gardens


With the prospect of warmer weather and beautiful blooms, many people will be making the most of the National Gardens Scheme festival weekend on June 4 and 5.

Titchmarsh champions pots for pollinators


In his Hampshire garden, green-fingered guru Alan Titchmarsh has swathes of butterfly and bee-friendly plants - from buddleia and verbena to catmint, cosmos and coneflower.

Guide to Chelsea show stoppers


The countdown is on - and if you haven't managed to grab a ticket you can watch all that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has to offer from your armchair, even before it starts.

Spruce up your garden for sale


Spring is a good time to sell your home. The weather is improving, people aren't yet going away on their summer holidays and the garden is bursting into life.

Baskets of beauty


You can buy hanging baskets pretty cheaply these days from garden centres, but the choice of colour and plant is often limited, so it's much more satisfying to do it yourself.

Young guns of gardening


Anyone who thinks gardening is strictly for people of a certain age, think again. A growing stream of young talent is now making its way into major shows and hitting the headlines in horticultural competitions.

Plan your own royal garden party


It may be a little chilly to indulge in an outdoor party on the Queen's actual 90th birthday on April 21, but come June - the month of her official birthday - the garden should be ready for a right royal knees-up.