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
What equipment can turf managers call on to cope with recent extreme weather? Sally Drury investigates
Experts call for retrofitting towns and cities, more tree planting and recognising the value of parks for help with drainage.
Alan Sargent advises on whether and how to expand a small landscape maintenance business while maintaining income levels and job satisfaction.
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.
- BBC's The One Show garden design competition returns to Hampton Court
- BID backing key to Chelsea exhibit
- Design show in for a pound
- Excavator fleet upgraded
- Commercial paving
- More work needed on English and maths
- Black gardeners of World War One provide inspiration for Chelsea Flower Show exhibit
- Skate park hits the skids
- Landscape Institute lecture series continues
- Staff service recognised
- Landscape sector debates contract types
- Police contract secured
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
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...
Combining aeration and sanding in one action, the VGR Top Changer introduced by Campey Turf Care is designed to encourage rapid, healthy grass growth. Over time the process can completely change the top surface without any interference to play.
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.
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.
Rochford Garden Machinery has been made UK importer for the Weibang brand. It will offer a range of commercial machinery including lawnmowers, scarifiers and aerators through specialist dealers.
Two new compact excavators from Bobcat promise increased hydraulic performance, improved serviceability and a low-noise, high-comfort cab.
Suitable for a wide range of sports turf, local authority, commercial and horticultural applications, John Deere's 2014 5M Series utility tractors provide higher horsepower using fuel-efficient Stage IIIB compliant engine technology.
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