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Sow earlier by using a heated propagator

Transform your seed sowing with a heated propagator and you can sow earlier and expand your range to include frost-tender summer bedding and delicious greenhouse crops.

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Shining Hellebores

Give hellebores the chance to shine by going round now snipping off last year’s old, tatty foliage right down at the base to expose the emerging flower buds. Use sharp secateurs and be really careful as it’s all too easy to snip off the flower buds themselves by mistake!

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Plant of the Week: Dwarf Conifers

Compact, handsome dwarf conifers really come into their own at this time of year. In a world of sepia brown, it’s lovely to have a neat splash of brilliant green, honey yellow or even steely blue to enjoy.

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Preview: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS has unveiled this year’s Chelsea Flower Show gardens and the world’s most famous flower show is set to be another cracker.

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Plant of the Week: Areca

Its feathery and arching fronds make a fabulous focal point! 

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Gardening in January

It’s a brand new year and there’s loads to do out in the garden!

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Plant of the Week: Sarcococca

Christmas box, as Sarcococca is also known, spends its summer providing a deep green backdrop for other, brighter summer plants.

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Plant of the Week: Poinsettia

There can be no plant more Christmassy than a poinsettia, a striking beauty that flowers for months.

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Taking care of your Christmas tree

Take good care of your real Christmas tree and it’ll last you right through Christmas and beyond Twelfth Night into the New Year!

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Look after your orchids

Look after your orchids this winter and they’ll reward you by bouncing back with fresh flower spikes and another long season of beautiful tropical flowers.

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Grow herbs!

Grow a windowsill herb garden for a constant supply of fresh, fragrant leaves right through the year, without even having to leave the comfort of your kitchen!Grow a windowsill herb garden for a constant supply of fresh, fragrant leaves right through the year, without even having to leave the comfort of your kitchen!

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Plant of the Week: Amaryllis

The glamorously showy six-pointed blooms of amaryllis in every shade from festive scarlet to purest white are a treat for the eyes in midwinter, brightening up many a Christmas windowsill.

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