Artificial grass – a gardener’s friend or foe?

While artificial grass has been around for over 50 years, its only recently that we’ve seen a significant uptake in its usage amongst British gardeners and landscapers. In years gone by, artificial lawn installations were confined to sports clubs and professional or educational establishments, but recent improvements in the production of textile grass-like-carpet materials have…

Competition launches to find Scotland’s best gardener

The organisers of Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show and garden festival – have launched a brand-new, nation-wide competition to find Scotland’s best gardener. The Gardener of the Year award is open to anyone with a passion for creating inspiring outdoor spaces, from novices to experts, young to old and amateurs to…

Tips to keep your garden neat & tidy

Every gardener has their own preferences for how their outdoor space should look and feel, but one thing we all tend to agree on is that we want to keep our gardens neat and tidy. If you are struggling to keep your garden in tip top condition, here are just a few tips on how…

Planning a raised bed for Spring

There’s no doubt that gardening is a year-round activity and even in the winter months there’s plenty to be done.  Thinking ahead to the spring is something we can do when the ground is hard and conditions are cold to inspire us for the exciting months ahead. One nice way to start plotting out your…

My love of herbaceous perennials

Since we moved to our new home in December 2015 I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the garden. While I’ve been desperate to make a number of changes since day one, I’ve tried to remain patient (much to my frustration) and simply observe what happens in the garden from month to month, making a…

Guest blog – top ten garden gadgets

The advancement of technology means there are lots of sophisticated gadgets that will bring benefits to any gardening enthusiast. In this blog, guest blogger Lillian Danner – all the way from New York City – tells us what she thinks are ten of the best gadgets for gardeners.  They are all available for purchasing on…

December in the garden

I’ve been terribly neglectful of The Bonnie Gardener blog over the past couple of months, but I would like to assure you that that doesn’t mean I am not gardening or thinking about gardening. Quite the contrary, in fact – I have been kept fully occupied over the Autumn pruning, clearing out herbaceous beds, doing…

Spending time outdoors in Winter

Even at this time of year it’s great to get out in the garden – it’ s a perfect opportunity to take stock of how it’s looking, spend some much-needed time outdoors and have a look at the wildlife you share your home and outside space with. Now that the growing season is over, it…

November gardening jobs

 I’m not sure where the year has gone – it seems like only yesterday that we were in the height of summer, but now the evenings are dark and this week I saw the first frost of the season on the ground. The Autumn months are a great time of year for taking stock of…

Creating the perfect Winter garden

The weather in the UK – and especially Scotland – can be unpredictable at the best of times, and cold sharp frosts can have a drastic effect on some of the more tender plants in your garden.  Thankfully, there are some age-old techniques, as well as some modern ones, you can tap into to get…

The benefits of having a greenhouse

I don’t have a greenhouse in my garden, but it is definitely at the top of my list of priorites for next year. There’s lots of reasons why I want one – particularly for starting seeds off early, protecting half hardy plants and growing my own tender vegetables – they are the perfect addition to…