Prune shrub roses, hybrid tea roses and buddleia now

Shrub roses, hybrid tea roses, buddleia – it’s time to get out the secateurs again for a spot of pruning. “What, again??” Yes, again. Pruning is a year-round activity but different trees and shrubs are pruned at different times. Remind me why we prune trees and shrubs at all There are three reasons. To remove… Read More »

Easy Steak and Ale Pie

In the UK at this time of year, it can be as difficult to decide what to eat as to what to wear. With snow one minute and sunshine the next at least one thing can be certain; it is not time to pack away the comfort foods just yet. Our easy steak and ale… Read More »

Garden cube or garden sofa sets + £150 off cantilever parasol

Get ahead of the crowd before the season really starts! We’re coming out of winter now and it’s time to start thinking about seating arrangements in the garden. There are currently some great Rattan Direct offers around on garden sofa sets and Barcelona garden cube sets. What’s more, there’s £150 off the fabulous cantilever parasol… Read More »

Garden paths – create texture and complement your garden design

Garden paths are important: they take you from one place to another and, after wet weather, keeping your shoes clean as you trundle to the compost heap or a quiet seat in summery shade. And much more than that. Garden paths connect your house and garden, lead the eye and imagination into, and beyond, your… Read More »

5 ways an extension brings the garden inside so easily

A ground floor extension has a closer relationship to the garden than the rest of the house, probably because it tends to be built in an existing garden. Immediately, then, you’re ahead of the game of bringing the garden inside, the aim of so many of us nowadays. Extension is simply an umbrella term for… Read More »