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Guide to gardening for the wellbeing

Gardening for wellbeing has become recognised more in recent years and there’s a reason why it’s so important for us all to appreciate. Gardening and working with plants has been used to help both physical and mental health illness since ancient times. We’ve listed some reasons why gardening is so good for you below, along with some things you can do in the garden for your own wellbeing.

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Outdoor Style: Contemporary gardens

Everyone has their own garden style from cottage gardens with lots of planting to formal spaces with perfect lawns, gardens are a great way to express yourself. If you are looking for something contemporary in your garden, we have some great tips for your outdoor space. Why not make it an extension of your home, the perfect place for relaxing and family BBQ’s.

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Garden plant of the moment: Honeysuckle

With its gorgeous tangles of stems and fragrant flowers tumbling over sunny walls in summer, honeysuckle is the classic cottage garden plant. But there’s more to honeysuckle than you might imagine. There are scented and unscented honeysuckles, shrubby honeysuckles and even honeysuckles that flower in the depths of winter. One thing’s for certain, there’s honeysuckle for every garden.

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5 x great ideas for Father's Day

Father’s day is a day of special celebration. All Fathers around the UK are told to put their feet up and enjoy being treated. From breakfast in bed to a lazy day on the sofa or perhaps a delicious lunch out with family. We have some great gift ideas so you can let your Father know he is a special person and loved lots.

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How to keep your pets free from fleas, ticks and worms?

We are a nation of pet lovers and spend a lot of time and money ensuring they are well cared for, healthy and showered with love. But whilst the garden is flowering beautifully in the summertime, it is the time of year when fleas, ticks and other pet pests are at their highest numbers.

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What to do in the garden in June?

June is a gorgeous month to be out in the garden. With the days at their longest, flowers are blooming everywhere you look, and it’s time to enjoy the first delicious taste of your own home-grown fruit and vegetables. To help you make the most of your garden, here’s our list of the top gardening jobs for June.

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Houseplant of the month: Sunflower

This houseplant of the month can’t be missed due to its lively yellow flowers, static look and gorgeous green leaves. It’s no wonder the Incas used these flowers to symbolise the Sun God. If you want it to be summer inside the house too, the Sunflower is your best companion.

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How to use colour in your garden?

Colour plays a hugely important part of making a garden. The right combination of colours can create a sense of tranquillity, or add excitement and vibrancy to a dull space. Using colour in your garden is easy to do once you know the principles, and it opens up a whole new way of putting plants together.

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Home trend: Indoor Urban Jungle

The indoor urban jungle trend is huge right now, with social media packed full of photographs of apartments and houses adorned with plants. The rise of urban living mixed with our need to be close to nature has no doubt given rise to the indoor urban jungle. There are many ways to create your own style depending on where you live, how much light your house or apartment gets and what plants you love. An indoor urban jungle can be just a corner of the room, a whole room or the entire house. We’ve got a selection of ideas for you to give you some inspiration.

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Enjoy National Children's Gardening Week

From tomorrow, 25th May, to 2nd June National Children’s Gardening Week is a week full of encouraging children to enjoy gardening and plants. It is incredibly important to teach children the importance of gardening, growing your own food and being outside in the fresh air. Gardening can help children learn new skills, understand where food comes from and the importance of wildlife. Also, it can raise self-esteem and confidence and even help with anxiety and social skills. So what can you enjoy in the garden with your children during National Children’s Gardening Week?

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Ladybirds - Nature's garden pest control patrol

The first sighting of ladybirds in spring is a sign for gardeners everywhere to rejoice. These cute little beetles with their cheerful red and black spotted coats are actually voracious predators, and they like nothing better than hoovering up pests such as aphids and scale insects. With each ladybird capable of eating around 5000 aphids in its lifetime, it’s definitely worth getting to know them better.

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6 x plants for shady spaces

Most gardens have shady spaces that can seem hard to fill with lovely, attractive plants but some of the most beautiful garden plants can grow perfectly well in a shady space and even thrive for many years. Make sure you know what your soil conditions are so you can pick the right plants to grow in shade and you can create a colourful spot in the garden even without sunlight. These top 6 plants for a shady space are well worth trying to grow in your garden if you have a shady space.

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