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Ideas & Advice

Ideas & advice

How to harvest rainwater for your garden

HOW TO HARVEST RAINWATER FOR YOUR GARDEN 

Wet weather doesn’t have to mean hanging up your trowel and saying goodbye to gardening - take advantage of rainy days and start harvesting rainwater to use in your garden 

Monstera

HOUSEPLANT OF THE MONTH: Monstera

Get to know our July houseplant of the month – marvelous Monstera!  As one of the most iconic houseplants that almost everyone will instantly recognise, the Monstera has been loved for decades for its large, dramatic, tropical leaves

Gardening tips for July

Gardening tips for July

With July comes one of the most beautiful times of the year for your garden. Summer colour is in full bloom and your borders, patio containers and hanging baskets are filled with vibrant displays of foliage and fragrance 

Fathers Day Gifts

FATHER’S DAY GIFTS FOR GARDEN-LOVING DADS

This Father’s Day, show your dad or father figure how much he means to you by giving him a gift he’ll truly love

Gardening tips for June

Gardening tips for June

Now that summer is finally here and the daylight hours are at their longest, June is a great month to spend as much time outdoors as possible, enjoying your garden’s beautiful blooms

Gardening activities for kids

Gardening activities for kids

Celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week 2024 with us and get ready to have lots of fun outside with these garden activities for children

How to grow your own strawberries

How to grow your own strawberries

No matter how big or small your garden, this easy project is a great way to enjoy delicious home-grown strawberries and get all the family involved

How to grow tomatoes

How to plant tomatoes

Growing your own tomatoes is a simple and fun project that allows you to reap lots of (tasty) rewards

How to sow vegetable seeds outdoors

How to sow vegetable seeds outdoors

The warmth of late spring makes the ideal conditions to sow vegetable seeds outside in your garden

Hanging Basket

How to plant a hanging basket

Have a go at creating your own hanging basket just in time for summer. It’s a simple and fuss-free gardening project that will instantly brighten up your outside space

Get the Bridgerton garden look

Get the Bridgerton garden look

Season 3 of Netflix’s regency drama Bridgerton is set to captivate audiences with its enchanting tales once more as it returns this May

Summer Bedding Plants

CREATE A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR WITH SUMMER BEDDING PLANTS 

Summer is just around the corner! Now is the perfect time to prepare your outdoor space for all your favourite summer activities

How to plant a low maintenance border

How to plant a low maintenance border

A border in your garden is an ideal way to add colour, structure and year-round interest using your favourite plants and flowers. To get the most out of your border, it requires some careful planning

Houseplant of the month

HOUSEPLANT OF THE MONTH: FICUS

Get to know our houseplant of the month – the fabulous Ficus! Ficuses are beautiful, diverse, and low-maintenance houseplants - it’s no wonder why they’re so popular amongst plant enthusiasts, even beginners

Compost

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PEAT-FREE COMPOST 

What kind of compost do I need? It’s a common question all new gardeners ask themselves at the start of their growing journey. But don’t worry - we’ve broken it down for you 

Trillers, fillers & spillers

THRILLERS, FILLERS, AND SPILLERS: PLANTS FOR BEAUTIFUL CONTAINERS  

Looking for stunning displays every time you plant a container? Simply follow this easy guide which covers the thrillers, fillers and spillers planting technique 

Fragrant Flowers for your garden

Fragrant Flowers for your garden

Nowadays there’s more and more ways to create an enjoyable space in your garden where you can relax in the warm weather. One quick, straightforward way to elevate your outdoor experience is by filling your garden with scented florals

Companion planting guide

COMPANION PLANTING GUIDE: THE BEST PLANTS TO GROW TOGETHER

Combine vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs together in your garden patches to help control pests and encourage your crops to grow healthy

Gardening Tips for May 2024

GARDENING TIPS FOR MAY

The month of May doesn’t just bring new jobs to do in the garden - it’s an exciting month with lots of fresh growth and plants to enjoy. Beautiful blooms begin to open, meaning bright new colours to admire

Perennials that flower all summer

Perennials that flower all summer

The closer we get to warmer weather and peak gardening season, the more you’ll want your outdoors to begin to burst with life and colour – long-flowering perennials may be exactly what you’re looking for

Cut Flower Garden

How to plant and grow a cut flower garden

Looking for a gardening project which adds instant colour to your home throughout 2024? Creating your own cut flower patch in your garden could be just what you’re looking for

How to grow your own rhubarb

How to grow your own rhubarb

Looking for an easy spring project to add great taste to not just your summer garden, but your dishes too? Growing your own rhubarb could be just what you’re looking for

How to use grow lights

How to use grow lights

Using grow lights is a great way of keeping your indoor plants healthy during the cold, dark months of winter, or if you live somewhere that doesn’t get enough natural sunlight

Gardening tips for April

Gardening tips for April

As the weather begins to warm and the trees and hedges burst into blossom, April becomes a busy yet exciting month in the gardening calendar

Growing Onions & Shallots

HOW TO GROW ONIONS & SHALLOTS 

Looking to start growing your own vegetables? Look no further! Our guide to growing onions and shallots is the perfect place to start 

How to create a bee friendly garden

How to create a bee friendly garden

Pollinating insects like bees and butterflies are crucial to our planet’s ecosystem. There are some simple things you can do to aid their survival, such as planting and growing valuable pollinator friendly plants in your garden

Gardening tools & equipment for every garden

Gardening tools & equipment for every garden

Whether you’re looking to bring an outdoor space back to life or get started on the new season’s planting, make maintaining your gardening a breeze with these must-have tools for any gardener

Gardening tips for March

GARDENING TIPS FOR March

This month the new gardening season begins - nature stirs into growth as the days get longer and the soil warms up. Cheerful yellow Daffodils declare that spring is finally here!

Vegetables in containers

HOW TO GROW VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS

When we think of growing vegetables, we might think of vast farmer’s fields, or large veggie patches in the back garden

Plant & Care for Roses

HOW TO PLANT AND CARE FOR ROSES

Roses are beautiful, versatile garden plants that come in many shapes, sizes and colours. From patio roses and shrubs to tall climbers, there’s so many varieties to try growing this spring  

Summer Lawn

HOW TO GET YOUR LAWN SUMMER READY

Lawns are the hearts of our gardens – they’re a place to relax, entertain, play, and of course grow beautiful plants and flowers

How to create an outdoor reading nook

How to create an outdoor reading nook

Our gardens are great for many different things; entertaining friends and family, growing your favourite plants, and getting some much-needed rest and relaxation

How to create a spring centrepiece

How to create a spring centrepiece

Bring the new season into your home with this spring-themed centrepiece, made with everyone’s favourite spring flowers

How to create a herb planter

How to create an indoor herb planter

Fill your home with the aroma of fresh herbs with this DIY herb planter - ideal for brightening up your kitchen or dining room with some greenery

How to repot a houseplant

How to repot a houseplant

Repotting your plant is a crucial, often over-looked step in houseplant care that keeps your leafy companions healthy, flourishing, and alive for many years

Bulb Lasagne

How to Plant a Bulb Lasagne

If you’re looking for a unique way to show off your favourite flowers this summer, then why not try this fun, easy, and visually rewarding planting project? 

Tomatoes

HOW TO GROW TOMATOES FROM SEED

Nothing tastes better than your own freshly home-grown fruit and veg, and late February into March is the perfect time to start sowing your tomato seeds 

Spring gardening content

Gardening jobs for Spring

Get your garden ready for spring and grow the right way – from tidying up to sowing seeds, find out everything you need to do for a successful season

5 Lucky Plants & Flowers

5 LUCKY PLANTS AND FLOWERS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR 

Usher out the old year and bring luck and prosperity into the new one with this list of lucky flowers and plants, especially for Chinese New Year  

Gardening tips for February

GARDENING TIPS FOR FEBRUARY

As early spring bulbs begin to colour your garden, you want to enjoy every moment that you can outside, as well as make sure the rest of your outdoor space is beautifully maintained

5 microgreens to grow indoors

5 microgreens to grow indoors

Microgreens are the sprouts of leafy herbs and plants that are harvested at an early stage to give a miniature punch of flavour in salads and sandwiches

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How to plant young plants

If you don’t have the time or space to sow seeds or take cuttings, then growing young plants is a super easy, convenient, and quick way to get a head start on your very own summer flowers

How to grow microgreens

How to grow microgreens

If you’re looking for something to do to keep your green fingers busy, or want to start growing vegetables yourself, then you can’t go wrong with growing microgreens 

How to grow potatoes

How to grow potatoes

Baked, mashed, roasted or fried, nothing tastes as good as your own home-grown crop of potatoes. This versatile veg is loved by everyone and is one of the easiest to grow at home, making it ideal for beginners or a fun family project

Gardening tips for January

Gardening tips for January

Sometimes the only way to get through winter is to start gearing up for spring. Whether you'd rather curl up on the couch and start planning what to plant, or brace the cold and get to work outside, there’s something to do to keep you busy, warm, and prepare for your best growing season yet

How to create a foliage chandelier

Create a foliage chandelier

If you’re looking for an elegant and space saving decoration to enhance your home this Christmas, Dobbies chandelier wreath could offer the perfect, stylish solution

Episode 30 Winter Gardening

Podcast: Winter gardening

Dobbies’ Ambassador, Mike Griffiths, is joined by Dobbies’ Horticultural Director, Marcus Eyles, to chat about winter gardening jobs and sustainable Christmas trees

Caring for your Christmas tree

Caring for your Christmas tree

With only 3 weeks until Christmas, now is the perfect time to bring your real Christmas tree home. Learn more about how to care for your real cut or pot grown tree once it's home with our handy tips and advice

Gardening tips for December

Gardening tips for December

The last of the leaves fall from the trees as our gardens slip into the frosty winter chill, plants with evergreen leaves and any with winter flowers are even more appreciated at this time.  Take pleasure in wrapping up warm and spending so