Potpourri Magazine

Wakehurst is Kew's wild botanic garden in Sussex. Tell us about your route into horticulture? I grew up living and working on a big farm and there was always work...
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When money’s tight, growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to help save the pennies, as well as keeping you healthy.  Here are a few tips to...
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We’re yearning for some colour in our lives it seems as there’s a growing movement towards brighter colours in planting design. In line with this trend, Pantone has chosen Viva...
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In mid-winter when gardens can look a bit bleak, pots designed for winter interest are an excellent way of bringing colour near to the house, so that you can appreciate...
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Purple-sprouting broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and vitamins A and C, and is at its best from now until April – though you can...
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In her informative YouTube channel, Liz who lives with her husband Mr J, shares her journey to becoming self-sufficient on their smallholding in Wales.  It’s packed with practical videos on...
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We’re all keen not to use unnecessary water and a soil moisture meter helps you monitor the hydration levels of your soil in order to give your plants optimum growing...
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Seeing hellebores shoot up from bare soil is one of the great joys of the winter months.  They come in a gorgeous range of subtle hues from whites and apple...
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There is something incredibly uplifting about the sight of plump flower buds bursting into life, bringing colour in the garden, when so much is in decay.  Here’s our pick of...
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The evergreen structure provided by box balls and hedging is incredibly useful in planting design.  But box blight and box tree caterpillar have meant designers are looking for alternatives to...
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The much-loved comedian and presenter has found himself increasingly enjoying gardening and country life in recent years. In an episode of ‘Gone Fishing’, the gentle TV BBC programme in which...
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Tell us about how you came to gardening as a career? My grandad was an apprentice at Kew and owned his own orchid nursery.  My dad was a gardener and...
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Originally a Facebook group, this informative podcast presented by broadcaster Rod Whiting and co-hosted by experienced horticultural expert John Stirland offers an excellent mixture of gardening and design advice. There’s...
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Clearing leaves can be time-consuming.  While a rake may be enough to do the job in smaller spaces, a leaf blower can save you time in larger gardens, especially those...
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Inky dark purple fruit have masses of nutritional benefits and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.  Now is a good time to plant fruit bushes and trees, many of which...
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The Best Black Bulbs

Bulbs with velvety dark flowers make a glamorous statement in a garden.  Many varieties look almost pitch black in certain lights, then reveal more plum colours as the sun shines...
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Fruit Tree Blackfly

Aphids can attack fruit trees year after year if not tackled.  They pierce the cell walls of leaves to suck the sap, making the leaves curl and yellow.  As they feed,...
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Black Houseplants

Dark leaved house plants can give your interior great sophistication.  Here are five of the best. Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’.  The waxy, shiny foliage of this dark variety of the popular upright...
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Using charred timber in garden design has become increasingly popular.  The striking deep black-coloured timber with incredibly beautiful textures is not only stylish but a sustainable way of treating wood...
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Charleston in East Sussex is the former home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Tell us about your journey into horticulture? After university, I taught English in Colombia and volunteered on a coffee farm...
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Growing mushrooms to cook with is rising in popularity – fungi even featured at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  This tasty produce is incredibly healthy, with high levels of...
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