Fast-growing evergreen foliage makes these plants excellent garden features, says Miranda Kimberley
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Landscape Plant Focus
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.
These evergreen trees and shrubs feature distinctive foliage and ornate bark, says Miranda Kimberley.
These evergreen trees and shrubs can look like something from another world, says Miranda Kimberley.
Attractive blooms and appealing bark ensure year-round interest, says Miranda Kimberley.
Landscape In Depth
Alan Sargent advises that the Customer Rights Bill should be regarded as an opportunity to tighten up professional practice rather than treated as a threat.
Plants for Bugs research project finds that non-natives are just as valuable for invertebrates and pollination as natives.
Battery models dominate new introductions but petrol options are also being updated, says Sally Drury.
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.
- APL to exhibit at new Sheffield show Garden Up
- Garden cities charity TCPA welcomes Government prospectus
- APL revises awards criteria to encourage more entries
- BLEC pits its sportsturf seeders against other machines during open week
- Prospectus published for garden cities with accessible green space "built-in"
- Winning Fisher Tomlin Cardiff Flower Show garden confirmed for Bute Park
- Professional's help sought on building up "tree trails" network
- London garden centre The Chelsea Gardener buys landscaping business
- iTree can flag up problems in urban tree population, event hears
- Garden centre hard landscaping supplier, Kelkay, reports sales leap
- Gavin Jones wins new 10-year contract at historic house and gardens
- Grubby Gardeners complete fundraising challenge
Read all about the winning projects for this year's awards run in association with Horticulture Week.
How To Buy...
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.
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.
Latest Machinery Tests
Look out, the Vikings are coming. Stihl calls this latest model a "mulching expert", and we can see why. This is an efficient performer that gives a nice clean cut, with the finely mulched grass clippings evenly deposited even when conditions are les...
With its white and green livery and clean lines, this 46cm mower looks modern and stylish, while the controls might even be described as futuristic. But looks are not everything. The company rep produces a mallet and thumps the Xenoy deck, hard, firs...
"This is more like it," Braund enthuses as he tests the second Etesia mower. "It's a well-built machine, a lot wider and there's plenty more power. It cuts dense grass down low." He clearly likes to get the job done. This model has a cast-aluminium ...
A well-known name in cars and generators, Hyundai is now offering lawn and garden care equipment. Launched at IoG Saltex (September 2013), the range includes hedge trimmers, brushcutters, chainsaws and blowers as well as lawnmowers. It has sold well...
Providing Bomford arm mower owners with alternative uses outside the hedge-cutting season, the Pro Drill Head can be used to power either a range of post-hole borers or a tree stump planer. A heavy-duty hydraulic motor can be used at oil flow rates ...
With a power transmission unit that will operate many of the company's machines, a new two-wheel tractor built by Blec can be specified with Honda or Yamaha engines to give petrol or diesel options.
With a powered cut-and-collect system, the new C-Series lawn tractor from Countax can mow quickly. The XRD cutter deck uses contra-rotating blades to cut the grass before throwing the clippings in front of the collector. Driven by the tractor's engi...
Combining aeration and sanding in one action, the VGR Top Changer introduced by Campey Turf Care is designed to encourage rapid, healthy grass growth.
Turning on a sixpence and powered by a 12.2hp Kawasaki engine, the Sand Pro 2040Z bunker rake from Toro is the industry's first zero-turn mechanical groomer.
With 25.4mm spacing between the discs, the new tractor-mounted BLEC golf green disc overseeder has the closest spacing of any produced by the company.
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- Gardeners Team leaders and Landscapers. Garden Care Contracting Limited 15-20k , Worcester Park Surrey across the road from Tolworth rail station KT4 7QH
- Horticulturalist Gardener, Borders Grosvenor Estate Competitive salary plus benefits , Chester, Cheshire / Eccleston, Cheshire
- Pet and Aquatics Supervisor MorePeople £16000 - £18000 per annum, Norfolk
- Sweeper Driver The Landscape Group Paying London Living Wage (£8.80 per hour) and upwards dependent on experience), London (Greater)
- Tractor Driver The Landscape Group Paying London Living Wage (£8.80 per hour) and upwards dependent on experience, London (Greater)
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PLANT FOCUS: Polygonatum