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Houseplant of the month: The autograph plant

Clusia rosea is called the autograph plant because its leaves are so thick and tough that it’s possible to carve your name in them without harming the plant, although this isn’t recommended as good plant care! The big, glossy green leaves give this attractive houseplant a stylish air that goes well with clean lines and contemporary décor. Clusia rosea does very occasionally flower in hot summers, producing pink or white flowers, but it’s the foliage that’s the main attraction. 

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Low maintenance landscaping

Want a beautiful garden but don’t have hours to spend looking after it? Go for low maintenance garden landscaping. Choose your plants and materials carefully, and you can still have a garden that looks good all year round.

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What to do after spring bulbs have flowered

Wondering what to do after spring bulbs have flowered? It is actually quite easy to clear up afterwards and then use the space where they flower for even more flowers. These tips are handy if you have an area dedicated solely to spring bulbs because, for the rest of the year, it could look quite bare. Still, there are options for using that space while your bulbs are safely underground, storing energy for the following spring. Here are some ideas;

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Pair up Roses and Clematis

When you pair up Roses and Clematis, you can have a beautiful display in your garden that will flower for many months of the year, bringing colour and interest to you and wildlife. Roses and Clematis look so very pretty together, and when you get the combination right for you, your pergola, arches, and trellis can be a riot of colour to enjoy. These pairs grow really well together and look wonderful too. 

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Watching garden birds in spring

Birds are at their most active in spring, making nests and raising their young, so it’s the perfect time to do a bit of bird-watching. Here are a few of the birds you’re likely to see in your garden, plus some tips on what to feed them to make sure they keep coming back. 

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How to get rid of garden weeds

Weeds can be a real nuisance in the garden. They compete with our favourite plants for water and nutrients, and they spread the minute our backs are turned. As gardeners, we’re always looking for better ways to deal with the problem, so here’s our quick guide on how to get rid of garden weeds

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5 easy herbs to grow

Whether your garden is big, small or just a few pots on a windowsill, there’s always space to grow herbs. Growing your own herbs means there’s a ready supply any time you need them, and they look good too, often producing flowers that attract bees and other beneficial insects. We’ve picked our five favourite easy herbs to grow.

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Top 5 Flowering Shrubs

These top 5 flowering shrubs will keep your garden in bloom most of the year. There are so many to chose from there is a flowering shrub definitely suitable for every single garden. Many are fragrant, some have stunning colours, from evergreens to deciduous, the options are endless. Here are our top 5 suitable for most gardens. 

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How to sow and grow maincrop potatoes

Baked, boiled, chipped or roasted, potatoes are always a winner. And there’s nothing quite like your own potatoes, dug up from the ground like buried treasure. Growing your own potatoes means you can choose from a wide range of different potato types, flavours and even colours. If you’ve never grown potatoes before, now’s the perfect time to start.

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April lawn care tips

If you dream of a smooth green lawn in your garden this summer, now’s the time to start getting it into shape. As the days warm up and the grass springs back into action, putting in some work on your lawn now will pay dividends over the rest of the year. Here are our top 6 spring lawn care tips.

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Sowing seeds for summer

Growing plants from seed is one of the joys of gardening. It’s great for gardeners on a tight budget, giving you masses of plants for minimal cost, and there’s no beating the sense of triumph that comes from seeing those first seedlings poke their green heads above the soil. Sow a few seeds now in spring, and they’ll give you a spectacular show in summer.

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What to sow in the kitchen garden in April

Knowing what to sow in the kitchen garden in April is pretty easy because it is the month where everything really gets going in the garden. The temperature warms up quite quickly, and there will be more daylight, making it a great time to sow many seeds and get them off to a good start for the season ahead. It is an exciting time for gardeners, so get your seed packets ready, seed trays, compost and plant labels ready so you are prepared to get sowing seeds. 

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