• It is summer time!

Plant of the Week: Begonia

Plant of the Week: Begonia

Described as the hottest houseplant of 2018, it’s no wonder begonias are having a bit of a moment. Indoor begonias have it all: they make fabulously exotic houseplants with lush, velvety, lavishly marked foliage. The largest (varieties like Begonia rex) grow leaves as big as dinner plates curving sculpturally around the stem and elegantly patterned in colours from palest silver through pink, purple and near-black. Despite their tropical looks they are easy-going houseplants: give them a bright spot, but out of full sun, and keep damp through summer, watering from the base and adding a few drops of liquid feed every couple of weeks.

You might also be interested in:

Helping earthworms

The Wildlife Trusts want your help in a survey to find out how gardeners are helping earthworms – and there’s a beehive compost bin up for grabs if you take part!

Read more...
Plant of the Week: Leucothoe

This lovely but little-known autumn foliage plant deserves a place in every garden for its sheer brilliance of colour through the coldest months of the year.

Read more...
Finding Miss Harrison

The search for ‘Miss Harrison’ began after a researcher at the RHS’s Lindley Library discovered an old document which had lain forgotten in a box in the Society’s archives since 1898. It concerned a determined and pioneering female gardener, Miss Harrison, who had taken that year’s annual exam set by the RHS and not only passed, but achieved the top marks in the country. Normally, this would have secured her a scholarship, £5000 and the chance to study at the Society’s flagship garden in Chiswick.

Read more...
What to do in the garden in October?

It’s one of the busiest times of the gardening year, so here’s a list of the jobs you can be getting on with! 

Read more...