These evergreen trees and shrubs can look like something from another world, says Miranda Kimberley.
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Landscape Plant Focus
Attractive blooms and appealing bark ensure year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.
The pretty 'spring starflower' comes in a variety of attractive colours, says Miranda Kimberley.
These trees feature a mouth-watering aroma and colourful leaves, says Miranda Kimberley.
Euphorbia is an incredibly diverse genus made up of 2,000 species with varying habits. Many suit planting in gardens, where they are highly valued for their strong, architectural silhouette.
Catalpa is a lovely low-spreading deciduous tree that can be used as a specimen tree in parks and gardens. It is valued for its large, showy leaves that are heart-shaped or three-lobed and often downy on their undersides.
Landscape In Depth
Horticultural colleges are finding new ways to attract recruits after fees were forced up for older students, Jack Shamash reports.
Saving a few quid on inferior personal protective equipment is a false economy, Sally Drury warns.
Novel ideas are being put forward as amenity professionals seek to comply with latest regulations on use of chemicals.
Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered
Alan Sargent advises on how to handle a customer that wants its contractor to agree to payment practices which could land the contractor in court.
Landscape luminary Noel Farrer casts an eye over the state of the industry.
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- Nick Smith is new Harrogate show director
- Work underway at Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer-designed sensory woodland for blind veterans
- Paxman Landscapes completes residential landscape project in seven weeks
- Flanders Memorial Garden soil carried through London in procession
- Adam Frost launches two-year school horticulture education project
- Landscape supplier Kelkay buys Borderstone
- Natural England candidate is former Garden Centre Group chair
Read all about the winning projects for this year's awards run in association with Horticulture Week.
How To Buy...
Buyers' guide - Woodchippers Arborists, landscapers and grounds-maintenance teams can put chippers to good use, says, Sally Drury.
Buyers' Guide - Horticultural fabrics From crop protection to insulation, there is a material to meet every horticultural need, says Sally Drury.
Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.
How to buy - Chainsaws The latest models will cover a wide variety of different professional tasks, Sally Drury finds.
How to buy - Paving, walling & fencing There are important factors to consider when selecting landscape materials, Sally Drury advises.
How to buy - Hedgetrimmers Sally Drury looks at the options open to users of handheld and tractor-mounted trimmers.
Latest Machinery Tests
It is always exciting to have a new brand enter the market. When it is one that is built by an experienced and knowledgeable woodchipper distributor and is based almost entirely on customer research, we expect it to be something special. We are not d...
Watching the 175MX arrive, we are struck by how dinky it is. This is a compact, sub-750kg woodchipper. Yet it looks sturdy, is easily towable and manoeuvrable once off the vehicle. It is easy to see why this is one of Schliesing's best sellers. The ...
Greenmech calls this "the everyday chipper that ticks all the boxes" - and it does. It is the popular 6in size, weighs less than 750kg, is simple to use and costs just 15,450 + VAT. Sub-150kg this may be, but the whole construction is steel except ...
A two-stroke machine of similar design to the Echo and Hyundai, the EH6000W features Makita's Robin engine with a spring-assisted easy-start system.
In response to increasing demand for mulch mowers, Stihl has introduced two professional models under the Viking brand.
Complementing SCAG, Humus and RoboFlail products, the new Pirana cut-and-collect mower from STM gives a 122cm cut using twin blades with 80mm overlap. Cuttings can be exhausted through the 45x45cm discharge tunnel or collected in the optional high-du...
Husqvarna is launching a range of three 25cc commercial trimmers and brushcutters. Combi Unit 525LK and 525RJX loop-handle trimmers have SmartStart and an X-Torq engine. The 525RXT also has an X-Torq engine along with comfort handlebars and Balance 5...
Heated jackets from Makita are designed to bring comfort and protection to those working outdoors or in unheated areas such as workshops.
A commercial-grade tree-trimming attachment, the LimbSaw from Kitt Agri of Bridgwater mounts directly onto the front-end loader of a tractor or skidsteer and connects to the auxiliary hydraulics to enable trimming up to 8ft beyond the reach of the lo...
Extending the choice of cutting heads available from Stihl, the DuroCut is filled from the outside with pre-cut lengths of line without the need to dismantle the head.
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