Category Archives: Practical gardening

Planting a Hot Coloured Copper Pot

Copper pot with hot coloured plants: Calibrachoa 'Million Bells Crackling Fire', French marigolds, Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazania 'Gazoo Orange', Gazania 'Gazoo Clear Yellow' and Carex comans 'Milk Chocolate' - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Copper pot with hot coloured plants: Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Crackling Fire’, French marigolds, Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazania ‘Gazoo Orange’, Gazania ‘Gazoo Clear Yellow’ and Carex comans ‘Milk Chocolate’ – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Match beautiful plants to an out-of-the-ordinary container, and the overall effect is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Tins, bowls, baskets, crates, kettles, scuttles, pails, pots and pans are some of the many alternative containers that, with minor modifications, make remarkable plant partners. This unpolished, old brass coal scuttle turns a matt, reddish brown colour that suits hot coloured plants — Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Crackling Fire’, French marigolds, trailing Sanvitalia procumbens, Gazanias ‘Gazoo Orange’ and ‘Gazoo Clear Yellow’. In the centre is the ornamental grass, Carex comans ‘Milk Chocolate’, which provides a perfect foil to the bright colours.

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The Bean House

Constructing a house from garden canes and growing beans in root trainers, to cover the house.

Growth development of bean house - © GAP Photos

Growth development of bean house – © GAP Photos

Beans are a family favourite and prolific growers. This comprehensive guide shows how to grow beans from seed, constructing a structure for them to grow over. Full growth development is shown from spring through to late summer, including how to make the structure from bamboo canes and the joy of harvesting together as a family.

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Making an insect habitat

Step by step for creating and suspending an insect habitat - suspending from tree - © GAP Photos

Step by step for creating and suspending an insect habitat – suspending from tree – © GAP Photos

A simple step-by-step guide for creating an insect habitat from bamboo canes to hang anywhere in the garden.

This is a great project to do with those left over or slightly broken bamboo canes from the garden. Simple but effective, this will hopefully encourage insects to stay in your garden. Just cut the canes to the same length then tie them together leaving enough rope or string to suspend the insect home from a branch or to add to a larger habitat. If you want to attract ladybirds to help you fend off those pesky aphids then place your bug habitat next to a rose bush or any plant likely to attract aphids.

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