Rosa ‘Starlight Symphony’ has good resistance to disease.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Take advantage of the current bare-root planting season to add a rose to your garden.
The plastic plant boom: here’s how to grow the real thing – for beauty, better air and biodiversity | Life and styleSales of plastic hedges, shrubs and lawns are rising rapidly, but they are bad for the environment and not necessarily low-maintenance or low-cost
‘There are some very convincing plastic plants now.’
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Low-maintenance, evergreen lushness and an instant garden – it is easy to see why the sale of plastic plants is bursting into life.
Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ makes a dramatic winter picture.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Looking for something showy for your garden this month?
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ in May.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this Make the most of tree-planting season to add a native species to your garden.
Colletia paradoxa makes a perfect barrier.Photograph: Bob Gibbons/Alamy Stock Photo
Plant this If you need a barrier but find berberis too reminiscent of car parks, try anchor plant (Colletia paradoxa; ).
Dwarf sweet box packs a punch when it comes to scent.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this The spidery white flowers of dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis) might be tiny but pack a punch when it comes to scent.
When the family bought the house six years ago, it was like an autumn rose.
Plant this A tree that smells like candyfloss?This is the secret superpower of the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum); as well as smelling divine, the leaves flame orange, red and yellow before falling.
How to plant sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes that you can buy in a store are often treated to prevent them from sprouting, so it’s best to get yourself some roots sprouts or “slips” from your local gardening shop.It’ll depend on the variety you have, but you can expect about five to ten tubers per sweet potato plant.
The concept of the living wall has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years.But, much as I love these technological marvels, there’s a far simpler, more cost-effective way to clothe buildings in a living cloak of green: plant some ivy.
Plant this Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are the plant that keeps on giving.Harvest the mildly garlicky leaves, then enjoy the white flowers in late summer through to autumn (they are also edible).
When planting dragon fruit, you can grow the plant from either seeds or stem cuttings.
How do you prune lavender and why is it so important?In this guide, we’re giving you tips and tricks on how to prune lavender so you can enjoy the sweet fragrance of success.
Try liatris spicata for late summer borders.Photograph: gianpinox/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Plant this Liatris spicata or prairie gayfeather is a grand addition to a late summer border or container scheme, with flower spikes of purple or white that look exotic but are tough and hardy.
Snake plants are one of the easiest houseplants you can keep, but they require a little care.If you’re looking for a low-maintenance yet vibrant plant, the snake plant is a perfect addition to your home!
Indoor plants are always in style, but some are more coveted than others.While the peace lily and fiddle leaf fig have both had their moment in the limelight, it’s time for them to move over and make room for the pink princess philodendron.
Bee balm makes great cut flowers.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this If you have moist soil, bee balm (Monarda didyma) is great.