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Landscape Plant Focus


Prolific flowers and a long season make this an attractive addition to the garden, writes Bethan Norris.


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

Reviewed - Tractor-mounted mowers

Reviewed - Tractor-mounted mowers

30 July 2014

How will new models cope with time pressure and the demand for a quality finish? Sally Drury finds out.

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

25 July 2014

Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

Kit test - Chainsaws

Kit test - Chainsaws

17 July 2014

Three of the top brands submit saws for testing in the Wild Wood at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.


Sargent's Solutions

Your professional gardening and landscaping queries answered

Sargent's solutions -

Sargent's solutions - "Do's and don'ts" in hiring your first full time staff member

13 March 2014

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.


Noel Farrer

Landscape luminary Noel Farrer casts an eye over the state of the industry.

Farrer on...

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

Echo CS-620SX

Echo CS-620SX

25 July 2014

A replacement for Echo's CS-610, the new 620SX professional chainsaw has the same size engine (59.8cc) but it is a premium-grade engine and delivers an additional 320W. As a result, this saw has the cutting performance of higher-capacity machines, ...

Echo CS-550

Echo CS-550

25 July 2014

A professional saw ideal for felling, the CS-550 features a powerful 54.1cc long-stroke engine with remarkable torque. Features include clutch-related oil pump, side-adjust chain tensioner, a newly designed air-cleaner system with a split back plate ...

Makita EA3500S

Makita EA3500S

25 July 2014

Hunt associates Makita with power drills and builders' tools, so what will he make of its range of chainsaws? The company has done much in recent years to challenge the top two brands - and that is in all categories. The EA3500S is classified as a ...

Makita EA6100P

Makita EA6100P

25 July 2014

A brand new, full professional machine, built from the ground up, Makita's 61cc 6100P features easy start, the "like it very much" dab-stop switch, metal chassis, adjustable oil, full AV and metal chain catcher. This saw has a two-stroke engine but...


What's New

Stone sealants and cleaners

25 July 2014

Designed to enhance and protect the subtle appeal of natural stone, Pavetuf is a new range of sealants and cleaners from Natural Paving Products (UK).

Vredo Super Compact updated models

Vredo Super Compact updated models

11 July 2014

New wider models of the Vredo Super Compact Overseeders are available from Richard Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield.


Polaris Sportsman UTE

11 July 2014

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 engine update

11 July 2014

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.


Makita PLM5113S mower launched

11 July 2014

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.


TigerTurf offers artificial playing surfaces

27 June 2014

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.


What Kit?

Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment.

What kit? - Find and compare landscape & amenity equipment

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