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Houseplant of the month: Cacti

If you’re looking for hard-to-kill houseplants, a cactus is just what you need. This huge group of plants comes in all shapes and sizes, from tiny furry specimens to prickly giants, so there’s one to suit every taste. And they’re very easy to grow - just follow our simple guide.

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Deadheading flowers

Get on top of deadheading flowers to ensure your plants continue blooming for as long as possible. Make flowers bloom throughout the summer and even into autumn. Many gardeners find this job can be a little tedious, but we love it because it means that you are helping the plant put its energy into producing more flowers and stopping setting seed. So grab your secateurs and keep those plants flowering for as long as possible.

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15 top tips to keep your pets cool in summer

We want our pets to enjoy summer as much as we do, but when the heat is really on, they can struggle to stay cool. Here are a few tips to keep your pet feeling comfortable and happy this summer.

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How to make a plant terrarium

Do you wonder how to make a plant terrarium, after seeing them pop up all over the place recently? They have not only become very trendy but are a lovely way to grow plants in small spaces. If you own a business they can be a good way to bring some plant life to the room with little care as well. Buying them already made up is an option but why not make one yourself? That way you get to understand the plants and can even personalise it as well.

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How to make a chandelier hanging planter

Want to create a chandelier hanging planter with a difference? Here's how to turn an old chandelier into a beautiful and unusual addition to your garden.

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Top 5 reasons why gardening relieves stress

Gardening is a great activity that relieves stress. Gardening has become so much more popular over recent years, especially during the lockdown as people discover how important being outside in nature is for mental and physical health wellbeing. It has even become better documented in the media along with show gardens by royalty being designed for some of our best-loved garden and flower shows. But why is gardening so good for us? If you are a gardener, you will know getting outside with the plants can be a great stress reliever and here are some of the reasons why it helps.

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Give bees a boost

Give bees a boost! We need our bees, and they need us too. Their industrious ways give us food for our tables and honey for our toast, so it’s only fair that we give them a helping hand whenever we can. Here are a few things you can do to make your garden more bee-friendly.

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Combine different textures in your home

It is really satisfying to combine different textures in your home to create a unique and personal space with all of your favourite colours, textiles and of course, plants. There are many ways to achieve layers of texture that combined make for a home you can relax in, party in and even work in. We’ve put together these ideas to help you work with textures for any look you want to achieve. 

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Planting grasses

Planting Grasses, the garden plant of the moment, is really easy when you know what you are playing with. Some of the most stunning garden designs and landscapes are planted with swathes of grasses, especially those interplanted with perennials similar to Piet Oudolf's popular planting style. If you have a small space, grasses can give structure and texture to small borders and pots. Grasses can be used in many different ways that work for your garden. Here are some great ways to work with this lovely garden plant of the moment.

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How to use solar lights in your garden

Solar lights make it so easy to light up your garden. There’s no need for an electrician, just place them where you want them, let them charge in the sun, and they’re ready to go. Get creative with your own lighting designs, highlight special features and create the atmosphere you want in your garden. 

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Summer flowers for a stunning garden

The summer months are some of the best in the garden, with an abundance of flowers, lots of fruits and vegetables to harvest and long days into warm evenings. There is nothing better than sitting in the garden early in the morning or early evening watching wildlife and admiring all of your hard work. For a colourful summer garden, there are plenty of flowers that can fill borders, pots and containers no matter what size space you have. Here are some of our favourites.

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Plant markers for the garden kitchen

It’s easy to make your own garden markers from old spoons and wine cork along with many other recycled items to use in the garden. Making household items that may be past their best is a great way to reduce waste at the same time as doing a little DIY and personalising your growing space. There are loads of materials that can make great garden markers, so we’ve put together a few ideas for you below, all to help you make sure your plants are correctly labelled.

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