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
How will new models cope with time pressure and the demand for a quality finish? Sally Drury finds out.
Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.
Three of the top brands submit saws for testing in the Wild Wood at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.
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.
- Glendale completes Birmingham sensory garden
- KLC alumni shortlisted for hospice garden
- WorldSkills UK Landscape Gardening finalists revealed at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
- Supplier calls for artificial turf regulatory body
- Boost for Scottish cities
- Show garden relocated
- Faster markets targeted
- Farrer: let's speak up for profession
- Landscaper appointed
- Leicester landscape programme details revealed
- Wildlife delays construction
- Brazilian gardens book reissued
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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
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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).
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.
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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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