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Best snowdrops for galanthophiles

Snowdrops expert Matt Bishop picks his favourite blooms to add a touch of winter glamour to your garden<p>While some snowdrops sell for silly prices (the record is currently £725 for a single bulb), Matt feels that it is possible to build up an excellent collection of truly distinctive snowdrops …

What to do in the garden this week: clear early weeds

This week's gardening tasks, from caring for wallflowers to a spot of weeding<p><b>Slim pickings</b><p>The gardening calendar has gone out of the window thanks to the weather, but here are a few useful chores: Cut back overwintering <b>geraniums</b> and start watering sparingly. Take cuttings from the best of the …

Thorny problems: do I need mulches, manures and fertilisers?

Our gardening agony aunt answers your queries. This week: box in containers, renovating a spinea and dealing with slippery decking<p><b>Pat</b> (no surname supplied) realises she must do something to her tired-looking borders, but confesses to being confused about mulches, manures and fertilisers. Does she …

Outbuilding of the Week: Rethinking the Pre-Fab Utility Shed

At first glance, we thought that this meticulously detailed and carefully crafted building standing alone on a hill in the landscape might be a …

How to design the perfect conservatory

People who would like a glass house should ask themselves 10 questions about conservatories before they begin, says Ann-Marie Powell<p>Traditionally, a conservatory was a building attached to a house as a dedicated space to grow plants, often including space for socialising. Today, the distinction …

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

The leaves of my agapanthus are yellowish and some look dead – help!<p><b>My agapanthus look horrible. The leaves are yellowish and some of them seem dead. Can I dig up the plants, then divide and replant?</b><br>The leaves on this plant naturally turn yellow and die back over winter, but if they are pale with …

Gardens: the final winter cut

A last careful winter pruning session sets your garden up nicely for the flowering season – and for years to come<p>I have just been out into the wet to look over the pruning in the studio garden. The spring-flowering clematis already have their buds visible, reminding me that I need to make way for a …

Wet weather? Make a rain garden

With no signs of the wet weather relenting, try to capture and reuse run-off in an eye-catching, creative rain garden<p>A few years ago, desert gardens were in vogue as we prepared for blistering hot summers; now rain gardens are widespread and, given our current conditions, they have never been so …

Green-flowered hellebores

For understated beauty and elegance, you can't beat green-flowered species hellebores. Robbie Blackhall-Miles shares his favourites from the UK and elsewhere<p>Green flowers, the ones that you have to get down on hands and knees to look at, have always attracted me. I don't know if it's their …

Thorny problems: what is a good climbing plant to cover a wall?

Our gardening expert answers readers' questions. This week: invasive moss, showing off hellebores and climbing plants<p><b>Climber for a north-facing garage</b><p>Gillian Marshall-Lee from Devon is moving house soon. The garage at her new establishment has a large expanse of north-facing brickwork that she …

Ask the Expert: 11 Tips for Designing a Water-Conscious Garden

With offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas, landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck knows a thing or two about designing in arid landscapes. …

A hellebore for (almost) any situation

Which hellebore should you grow where? This expert guide cuts through the confusion with 12 top picks<p>Every garden has <b>hellebores</b>, every garden centre has hellebores, and in late winter almost every magazine and TV programme is championing hellebores. And quite right, too. The problem is, there are …

What to do in the garden this week: beware ground elder

This week's gardening tasks, from deadheading hydrangeas to caring for clematis<p><b>Watch out for ground elder</b><br>Ground elder is coming up, but it is far too soon to treat this persistent bane of gardeners' lives with glyphosate (Roundup). Wait until next month, when leaves are fully formed and growth is …

Gardens: fast-growing plants

Fast-growing plants may be exciting, but choose carefully as many have no manners and behave like bruisers in a bar-room brawl<p>For more images of Nick Turrell's plant picks, visit our gallery of fast-growing plants<p>I love March. It brings the same level of excitement as a Thursday evening. You're …

30 Wonderful Backyard Landscaping Ideas

A home is defined by both its interior and its exterior. Most people only focus on making the inside of the house beautiful but you also have to pay …

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15 DIY Ideas To Create A Heavenly Backyard

Have you ever thought about how easy would it be to create the perfect backyard? Many of us let the designer do his job, without even realizing how …

How To Get Some Privacy Into Your Backyard – 10 Modern Ideas

Having a spacious backyard can be very rewarding. You get to relax outdoors and to entertain your guests when they come over. But there is an issue …

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10 beautiful double snowdrops to try - Telegraph

Rock Garden Design Ideas – To Create A Natural And Organic Landscape

How to design a <b>rock garden</b>? A beautiful garden can be the detail that puts your house over the top. But planting a few colorful flowers and having …

Landscaping

11 Hottest Fresh Outdoor Trends in 2014 You Must See

The outdoors is to a house as shoes are to a person. Do you want to know what a person is like, look at their shoes, it can tell you a great deal. …

Jaw-Dropping Flower Beds Arrangements And Landscape Designs

Flowers and plants have been used for centuries to decorate gardens and courtyards. A flower garden is basically any garden where flowers are grown …

Forget The Traditional Look – Modern Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Need a little more curb appeal to make a statement with your home? Perhaps a manicured front yard can do the trick. Make an outstanding first …

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