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Plant of the week: Hosta 'White Feather'

A striking hosta with stark white spikes in spring<p><b>What is it?</b> A striking hosta that pushes out stark white spikes of unfurling leaves in spring, inching towards a striped cream and green colour scheme before dying back in winter. Height and spread: 45cm x 5cm.<p><b>Plant it with?</b> Try it in front of the …

Magical winter gardens to visit

Take a relaxing walk around one of the many gardens open over the Christmas holidays<p>If Christmas is overwhelming you, there's nothing quite like a brisk walk to de-stress before the main event; or maybe blow away those festive cobwebs and calories in the fresh air during the holidays …

Thorny problems: the Christmas gardener's guide to holly and ivy

Our gardening agony aunt, Helen Yemm, shares her seasonal tips on growing holly and ivy<p>I’m trying to strike a festive note this week, but what am I to do about the needs of a seasonally oblivious bunch of readers? Recent emails range from: “Should I cut down or leave standing a new and stunning …

Umbrella group: why not make room for a Schefflera?

For the past few cold wet weeks I have been collecting and sowing Schefflera seed, a process that will continue right into the depths of winter. Umbrella trees, as Scheffleras are commonly known, come in different shapes and sizes: tropical-looking trees, shrubs and even climbers - all produce …

Unusual fruits to grow in your garden

The seasonal lulls between mainstream crops are the perfect time for some less well-known, but equally delicious fruit<p>Almost everything has been harvested for the year. The grapes are fermenting in the winery, most of the quince are picked, and the apple orchard is bare.<p>The intensity of early …

Gardening week ahead: Sowing sweet peas

Save time in spring by sowing sweet peas now. If the seeds are dark brown, black, or mottled, they are likely to have tough coats and be slow to absorb moisture and start growing.<p>Help them by nicking the seed coat, avoiding the eye-like attachment scar. Do not soak seeds as this can encourage …

Plant of the week: Acer palmatum "Sango-kaku"

This goes a truly bold, brilliant yellow-gold, so it stands out fabulously well [GETTY]<p>WHEN you think of Japanese maples, most people think of …

What to do in the garden this week: pull up tomatoes and rake fallen autumn leaves

Pull up greenhouse tomato plants and pick any remaining full-sized fruit to ripen indoors [GAP]<p><b>Pull up greenhouse tomato plants and pick any</b> …

How to cheer up your winter garden with bedding plants

Most of us only associate bedding plants with summer, particularly the white alyssum, blue lobelia and red salvia that traditionally characterised …

New sweet peas to sow this autumn - Graham Rice's New Plants Blog

I’ve written a piece for the Daily Telegraph on why sweet pea seed should be sown in the autumn, and how to go about it. And I’ve added my selection …

Don't just grow food outside - cook in the garden, too

Where better to cook your home-grown food than outside, among overflowing beds of fruit and veg?<p>Whatever the weather, gardens are meant to be spaces that you can use, are fun to live in and have a real purpose. Our garden enables us to be totally self-sufficient in pork, beef, lamb, eggs and most …

Top 10 vegetables to grow over winter

Now that the mower is about to be stored away for the winter months, I like to spend a couple of weekends getting my vegetable beds packed so that I have lots of fresh fodder to pick at over the chilly months ahead. Keeping your garden going through the winter gets you outside in the fresh air, …

What to do in the garden this week: plant daffodils

Helen Yemm's gardening checklist this week includes planting bulbs and moving exotics indoors.<p><b>Move exotics</b><p>Echeverias, aeoniums and other foreigners should be brought indoors to a light frost-free place. Keep their compost virtually bone dry in winter.<p><b>Germinate rocket</b><p>Salad rocket that germinates now …

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Historic and beautiful, dip into royal history and admire the stunning horticulture with a walk around the Palace Gardens.<p>Perfect for a romantic …

British apricots, finally ripe and ready

English farmers have struggled to grow them since the 16th century, but now a fruit-grower in Kent has succeeded we can all finally enjoy the delights of a freshly picked apricot.<p>In Armenia you can buy apricot garlands; luscious yellow fruit dried in the sun and strung like lumps of amethyst on …

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

The bumble bees on my runner beans are entering the flowers from the back, robbing nectar without pollinating the plant. This has caused crop failure. What can I do?<br>The main culprits are the buff-tailed bumble (<i>Bombus terrestris</i>) and white-tailed bumble (<i>B. lucorum</i>). Their short tongues can't reach …

Alys Fowler: fig trees

My favourite fig tree belongs to a church and sits on the corner of Byng Place, near Euston station in London. I am offering this up because most years the figs rot on the ground and yet hundreds of you cycle, walk or sit below this tree. As its feet are somewhere sacred, it would be wise to ask …

Grasses for autumn gardens

The garden is taller than it will ever be, before the nights get too cool and the days too short to sustain the growth. I like the feeling that everything has exerted itself as much as it can before retreating, and I will avoid that desire to rein things back. Sunflowers poking over walls and …

It's time to stand up for our trees

There can be few more glorious places than the New Forest in autumn. With the dawn roar of stags along woodland margins, the yellow and russet tints of moorgrass and bracken among fading purple heather, and ponies feasting on a final flush of grass across chamomile-spangled greens before winter …

The TomTato

You say tomatoes, I say potatoes ... but imagine you could get both crops on one plant.<p>Thompson & Morgan have unveiled the TomTato, a plant that produces cherry tomatoes above ground, and white potatoes below.<p>T&M claims a "world exclusive" in its press release, but this isn't a GM-manufactured …

Zombie Apocalypse Garden Gnomes

Fall back to the flamingos!<p>Garden gnomes for zombie fans<br>• Choose: Survivor Gnome, Zombie Gnome, Evil Gnome, or Rising Gnome<br>• Get all of them for epic …

Moggie moggie moggie, out out out! How to deter cats from ruining your garden

Many gardeners are people who don’t class themselves as gardeners but who just want their front or back garden to look good. They also often have an …

Spring ahead: Get your spring bulbs ready now

<b>Snowdrops</b><p>For me, spring bulbs start with Galanthus - or snowdrops. These darling little bulbs can be as early as January - which I know, is in winter …

Monty Don cut entire lawn with a pair of SCISSORS to impress wife when they were dating

TV gardener Monty Don has revealed that he wooed his wife by cutting her entire lawn with kitchen scissors.<p>The Gardeners' World star, 58, told how he …

It's now time to plant bulbs for beautiful spring colour! See inspiration on our Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/rhshome/spring-flowering-bulbs/. And more advice, upcoming events etc here: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Features/Autumn-planting

Reflections on water and wildlife, #RHSGardeningBlogs entry from Rosie's back garden | An assortment of extras... | Pinterest | Reflection, Wildlife and Gardens

RT @RHSWisley: Extend the colour in your garden with some late flowering Clematis. This stunner is 'Blue Angel' http://t.co/1tIJFkzBvv

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