It’s nearly show time! Gardening Scotland 2017

Tomorrow marks the start of Gardening Scotland 2017– the nation’s biggest and most established garden and outdoor living festival – taking place at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston until Sunday 4th June. Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show, the festival is guaranteed to stimulate all the senses, with something to inspire and…

How to plant a hedge – advice from Hopes Groves nurseries

If you’ve decided you want to add a hedge to your garden but you’re not sure where to start, I have the answer for you. As you’d expect there are a few things you need to bear in mind when planting. Hedges are great at providing many different attributes to a garden – they can act…

Creating a wildlife-friendly garden

Having a garden gives you a daily opportunity to see and learn about the wildlife that is living around your doorstep. There are things you can do to increase the amount of visitors your garden gets and here are a few tips: Plant a tree or shrub Having a tree or shrub in your garden…

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…

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…

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…

Pruning acers in the dormant season

Most gardens have space for an acer of two. These beautiful maple trees come in a huge number of varieties and offer interest in many ways, whether that’s attractive bark, delicate leaves or fantastic deep red autumn colour. Autumn is the time to prune acers because they tend to bleed heavily when they are in active…

Create a garden for adults and children

Particularly at this time of year, the garden should be considered an extension of the home – a space to relax, get back to nature, socialise with friends and play with the kids. Make the most of it during the summer – it’s a great opportunity to get away from the TV and spend some…

Top tips for updating your garden

If you love the idea of sitting out in the garden with dinner and a glass of wine, but hate the thought of having to do any gardening, then read on.   Most of us have busy lives and have little time to relax which means the garden is often neglected and can look a…

Creating colour using flower beds and pots

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to make a garden more colourful and interesting. I personally think that regardless of budget or the amount of time you have to redesign your garden, one of the best ways to add beauty is through your flower beds. These can look fantastically bright…