Prolific flowers and a long season make this an attractive addition to the garden, writes Bethan Norris.
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Landscape Plant Focus
These highly attractive trees and shrubs remain popular among landscape gardeners, Miranda Kimberley reports.
Showy flowers and variegated leaves make this a useful choice in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.
Fast-growing evergreen foliage makes these plants excellent garden features, says Miranda Kimberley
Ornamental types feature bright flowers and can have attractive foliage, says Miranda Kimberley.
The exquisite fragrance of these plants makes them valuable to gardeners, says Miranda Kimberley.
Landscape In Depth
Three of the top brands submit saws for testing in the Wild Wood at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.
How will these three new models fare when tested at Cannington Golf Club? Sally Drury finds out.
Sharing behind-the-scenes details of your work can improve customer satisfaction and offer public relations opportunities, says Alan Sargent
Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered
By taking on your first full-time employee you are embarking on a serious business journey. Alan Sargent helps you to plot a successful course.
Landscape luminary Noel Farrer casts an eye over the state of the industry.
- Syngenta urges greenkeepers to sign up to Operation Pollinator scheme
- Tatton Park medallists announced
- BALI win Tatton silver gilt
- Landscaping competition gets underway at Tatton
- Manchester school students dig up history with their garden design for the Tatton Park Flower Show
- Dilley appointed to Environment Agency
- Saltex veteran wins award
- Glendale works with Army Reservists to restore park island
- Four councils join the 'say no to the mow' campaign launched by Plantlife.
- Ousted Paterson lashes green pressure groups
- LDA Design's work on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon highlighted during Cameron visit
- Green-tree turns 10
Read all about the winning projects for this year's awards run in association with Horticulture Week.
How To Buy...
Buyers' guide - tractors Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.
Buyers' guide - Chainsaws Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.
Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.
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.
Latest Machinery Tests
Built for the professional user, the 26.9cc 280TES and 35.8cc 360TES both boast better cutting performance than their predecessors. The smaller model features a wrap-around handle designed to encourage best practice by requiring the operator to use b...
Not the speediest machines in the test, but these Italian-built zero-turners nevertheless prove their worth in other ways. Both, for instance, offer outstanding agility. They are compact and nimble, and capable of seriously accurate mowing, especi...
"Wow, that was fast." Ekin dismounts from Toro's latest-generation 6000 Series Z Master zero-turn mower. "But look, the cutting is fine - no problem at all". He was mowing like greased lightning but the blades provided a first-class finish. Smoo...
Our tests do not always go quite to plan. We wanted to try Amazone's Profihopper - the well-known zero-turner with flail and collector - but we wanted it with SmartCut. This is a brand new cutting rotor. It's so new that when we enquired about it ...
New wider models of the Vredo Super Compact Overseeders are available from Richard Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield.
Designed specifically for the UK, Australian and New Zealand markets, Polaris's new Sportsman UTE is said to offer the utility and capability of the traditional farm pick-up combined with the nimbleness and agility of an ATV.
Bobcat will soon begin the transition to meet EU Stage IIIB/Stage IV emissions regulations for machines greater than 37kW (50hp). This has resulted in significant changes to engine design and added components.
For lawns up to 2,000sq m, this new 190cc mower offers a 51cm cutting width, centralised five-step height adjustment and a three-speed transmission.
To meet the needs of sports and leisure facilities, artificial turf manufacturer TigerTurf UK has developed a premium range of playing surfaces, including Soccer Real.
Following positive comments from greenkeepers and groundsmen at the BTME turf show in Harrogate in January, Sherriff Amenity has launched the world's first dual-disc plate spreader.
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Advice from Horticulture Week's equipment expert
- I am repeatedly having trouble with moss on a tennis court and a large area of car parking -- both are Tarmac. I do not want to use chemicals. The areas concerned are in heavy shade much of the time because of tall trees. Any ideas?
- I am looking for hanging basket supports that can be moved to lower the position for watering then raised to their original height. Can you help?
- Does the RS102H ride-on mower from Hayter take normal unleaded fuel or does it need two-stroke?
- Have you ever heard of a Japanese manufacturer called Orec? I am interested in its new commercial grade lawn mower -- the GRH 537 -- with hydro drive. It has a high-lift blade, a fan and next to the ejection chute it features a plastic duct connected with the engine air intake to improve airflow into the bag. I am also looking at the new AS Motor collection mower 531 with two-stroke engine. Should I stick with the Orec?
- Are there any wheeled brushcutters that you could recommend to reduce the amount of undergrowth at the edge of woodland rides? Estate manager, Warwickshire.
- We are about to replace our old utility vehicle (UTV). I do not see the point of spending money on the sort of vehicle that converts between a two-seater and four-seater because there are only three of us working on the estate. At the moment we can all squeeze into a two-seater but it would be nice to have some more room. Is there a wider utility vehicle or one that's made for two passengers?
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- HEAD GARDENER REQUIRED - COTSWOLDS Knight Frank £28,000 - £30,000 no accommodation, Gloucestershire / Cheltenham, Gloucestershire / Northleach, Gloucestershire
- Contract Supervisor Lowther Forestry Group Ltd Attractive salary, vehicle and benefits package, South East England / South West England
- Gardener - Team Leader Landscape Associates Ltd £19,000 - £23,000 - Dependant on individual experience, Teddington, London (Greater) / Teddington, London (Greater)
- Interior Plant Technician Gavin Jones Ltd Competitive, South East England / London (Central), London (Greater)
- Garden Centre Manager MorePeople £30000 - £35000 per annum, London (Central), London (Greater)