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Attracting frogs into your garden

You don’t have to be a princess to love a frog – gardeners love them too. Frogs are fantastic at pest control, even eating slugs and snails, so it’s well worth making your garden a frog-friendly place.

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Home trend: 4 x stair and hallway decoration

The entrance to your home and the hall is a major part of the home. It’s what you see when you get home from a day’s work, its where visitors enter and the staircase is the entrance to your bedrooms and time to relax. So all of that space should be maximised and can be spruced up with gorgeous plants to make inviting spaces to suit your house style. Have a read of some of our ideas below to see if you are inspired to create something special with your stairs and hallway.

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How to reuse and recycle your old garden pots?

Plastic use is a big problem and one that we can all help to minimise by doing our bit. There is a lot of plastic usage in the horticultural industry but just about everything can be reused or recycled in numerous ways both in the garden and at home. It’s a great way to ensure plastic doesn't go to landfill and saves money at the same time.

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Guide to starting a Herb Garden

Having your own herb garden is a great way to not only have an attractive space and help wildlife but also to provide you with herbs for your own cooking and wellbeing. Starting your own herb garden is really easy and can be adapted to suit any size area that you have, from windowsills to patios and larger gardens. Herbs are incredibly adaptive and rewarding plants to work with.

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Garden plant of the moment: Bougainvillea

For an instant sensational appeal, few plants can beat Bougainvilleas. Their luminously vibrant flowers are like a window into a warmer place when our summer skies are grey. The vivid blooms are actually brightly coloured bracts surrounding clusters of tiny white flowers, and although they look exotic, you can grow Bougainvilleas in Ireland – you just need to protect them from frost.

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Outdoor style: Cottage Gardens

A cottage style garden is a desirable garden with its informal design and dense planting. Known for borders full of flowers from Roses to Salvias, packed full of colours, textures and fragrance. Originally cottage gardens were planted by families that had little land who just wanted to provide food for the family and herbs for medicines. Vegetables and fruit are often planted alongside ornamentals as well. Later, the cottage garden style was used by gentry and the original designs were packed full of flowers to create the dreamy gardens we know and love to this day. Here are some ideas to create your own cottage style garden.

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Seed sowing simplified

Growing plants from seed can be great fun, but if you’ve never done it before it’s hard to know where to start. How do you know which seeds to plant when, and how to plant them? And what do all those strange terms on the back of seed packets mean? Here’s a quick guide to the language of seed growing, plus a few suggestions for seeds that you can plant now.

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What to do in your garden in April?

In April, it really looks like spring in the garden. Although there’s still a chance of late frosts, the days are definitely warmer and everything is starting to grow again. It’s time to grab your tools and get out there. Here’s our list of the most important jobs for you to do in your garden this April.

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Houseplant of the month: Begonia

The Begonia keeps on surprising us, one of the reasons for this is that there are 1895 species! The Flowering Begonia is particularly known for its round shapes, candy colours, countless flowers and abundant blooming. Whilst Foliage Begonias might not have flowers, their beautifully patterned leaves totally make up for this. You can find them in various shades of green, burgundy and pink with a velvet touch, depending on the light it receives.

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Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk