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Urban Jungle

Display of houseplants - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Display of houseplants – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

You don’t have to live in a large space to have a garden all of your own. You’d be surprised how easy it is to look after plants and to incorporate them into your life, whether for their good looks, as a food source or something to nurture and grow.

If you’re stuck for space or perplexed by an expanse of empty wall, a hanging garden could be your green solution. Ideal for succulents and hardy grasses that need very little care and water, choose a cylindrical container that sits comfortably against the wall and plant up a selection of plants with interesting shapes and colourways. Alternatively, choose plants with scented flowers and allow the fragrance to waft into your home. Food for thought.

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Wedding buttonhole

Ingredients required for making a Wedding Buttonhole. Featuring Zinnia elegans 'Queen Red Lime', Rosa 'Ambridge Rose', Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion' and Abelia x grandiflora - © GAP Photos

Ingredients required for making a Wedding Buttonhole. Featuring Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora – © GAP Photos

A simple step by step illustrating how to craft a Wedding Buttonhole with a peach colour theme.

Wedding Buttonhole made with Zinnia elegans 'Queen Red Lime', Rosa 'Ambridge Rose', Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion' and Abelia x grandiflora - © GAP Photos

Wedding Buttonhole made with Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora – © GAP Photos

Plants featured are Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’, Rosa ‘Ambridge Rose’, Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’ and Abelia x grandiflora

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Bonsai

Bonsai plant in pot - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Bonsai plant in pot – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

In the city setting, keeping a bonsai is an opportunity to observe your own natural biotope – an urban forest at home.

Bonsai plant in pot - © Bureaux/GAP Photos

Bonsai plant in pot – © Bureaux/GAP Photos

At its most basic definition, bonsai is the Japanese practice of growing and shaping living, small-scale trees in shallow containers. But with a history that spans over 1000 years and an intriguing plant lore that tells of monks and emperors, samurais and shoguns, artists and scholars, the passion that bonsai evokes in its more dedicated followers is said to inspire an almost spiritual devotion – far deeper than simply tending to a plant in a pot.

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