How to colour your mood

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.

Planting for birds


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


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

Holidays and horticulture


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


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

Strange things about plants


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


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

decorative Christmas Poinsettia

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


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


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

Christmas tree tips


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


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


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


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


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


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

Tulip tips


Of all the bulbs, tulips are probably the most varied in size and colour, ranging from dainty dwarf specimens to frilly, feathery forms and stand-up-straight majestic types.

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.

Apples in a pot


Whether you're into a crisp crunch, a sweet, juicy flavour or the tart tang that makes a crumble or pie a dessert to savour, the apple is among the gardener's favourite.

Big ideas for small spaces


Think your garden is too small to have the wow factor? Too cramped for carpets of colour or sizeable shrubs?

Pots of pizzazz in autumn


Don't worry if your summer containers are now past their best because you can perk up your pots with autumn plantings that will give you colour and texture through the cooler months and beyond.