Summer Ideas

Gardening Guides

Keep Garden Cool

How to keep your garden cool in the heat

Resident gardener and Senior Plant Buyer at Dobbies, Louise Golden, shares her advice on watering plants in the heat.


How to: Clip hedges and topiary

A neatly clipped hedge or topiary shape can make all the difference to a garden.


How to: Plant a summer hanging basket

Nothing beats a pretty hanging basket for an injection of colour.


How to: Feed and water plants

Just like humans, plants need food and water to survive.


How to: Grow sunflowers - Part 2

Check out part two of our sunflower series for the next steps.


How to: Grow tasty carrots - Part 2

Watch part 2 of our grow your own carrots trilogy.


How to: Grow delicious peas - Part 2

Watch part 2 of our delicious peas series and give it a go.


How to: 5 Top Trees for Small Spaces

Trees aren't just for vast gardens, here's our pick of the best 5 for smaller spaces.


How to: Give Wildlife a Home

Your garden can support a wide variety of wildlife, so we’ve gathered together a few handy hints and tips to help out.


Plant Pot Table

Turn a terracotta pot into an eye-catching side table with our Bright Idea.


Pots In A Pot Trick

Keep your pots looking fresh and in season with our pot in a pot trick.


Easy Chiminea Peaches

Chimineas are great for keeping you warm during summer evenings but have you tried cooking on it? It's easy with our Bright Idea.


BBQ Fish With No Fuss

Follow our tried and tested trick with lime slices to avoid your fish sticking to the BBQ grill and to create this delicious Thai-inspired dish.


Guide To Mulching

Mulching is the practice of spreading a covering of some description over an area of ground to retain moisture in summer, to protect the roots of plants in the winter and to inhibit weed growth all year round.


11 Tips To Create The Perfect Wimbledon Party

Wimbledon is one of the highlights of the summer. Why not hold a garden party with a theme that celebrates this iconic sporting event?

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Care Information for Hydrangeas

Want a plant that looks stunning but is easy to care for too? Mop-head Hydrangeas are available in numerous varieties and almost every colour of the spectrum, so you are bound to find one (or more) that are right for you.