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Get Colour Crazy

Pansy planting time

It's time to colour in for the new season. By planting now, the Pansies, Primulas and more will have an advantage over later planted ones because the warmer weather now will help them to grow bigger. Pansies are our most popular but don't forget things like Dianthus or Calendulas. This year, how about planting a different colour to what you always plant? By mixing it up inspiration and creativity will return. A change is as good as a holiday they say...

Did you know that one Pansy plant will have well over 600 flowers? No wonder we love them so much. Some new hybrids get over 800 flowers per plant over its lifetime.

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Cleaning the Air Indoors

The Peace Lily also known as White SailsWe get many requests for plants that are good to grow indoors and that will improve the quality of the air. There are many benefits to growing plants inside but they are often seen as a challenge. Whether you are adding something at home or to your desk in the office greening indoors and getting cleaner air in the winter especially, is much easier with our quick guide.

Houseplants decorating the home are becoming more and more popular as a new generation of homeowners learn the value of going green. As a versatile decorating tool, indoor plants offer endless scope with great effect but it is the air purifying qualities and the fact that they bring oxygen into the home that adds a new dimension to them. They soften the indoor environment and help to add colour and life to the interior, bringing the garden indoors.

Herbs for Cocktails

A Cilantro Margarita anyone?If you're entertaining over the holidays or just having sundowners on the patio why not add some fresh herbs to your cocktail? It's all the rage right now and with some practice over the next few months, you'll be muddling and shaking like a pro come summer. Some of the herbs like mint in your Mojito are obvious but have thought of using something different?

Spice up your drinks trolley inspired by your herb garden. We could tell you how to grow them here but that's something we've written about before. This time we're going outside the planter box and trying out some herb based cocktail recipes. Muddle your herbs – crush them to release the flavour alternatively use a herb based syrup which will add sweetness as well as flavour to your mix. There's a simple syrup recipe at the end of the article :-)

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