Hardy geraniums can be cut right down to the ground after flowering. This will give the plants a tidy appearance, and encourage healthy new foliage and a second flush of…

Best buy 19/20 Darlac telescopic knife £12 Tel. 01753 547790 or www. darlac.com Build 4 Telescopic aluminium shaft and stainless steel head, secured by two screws. Length adjusts from 321/2in -481/2in (83cm…

No room for a pond? Grow and display waterlilies in a container, says Michelle Place one waterproof pot inside another. Sizes will depend on the growth of the water lily…

You may have read in the pages of Amateur Gardening (AG 25 May) that I’m giving my new garden a full overhaul, says AG gardening editor, Kris Collins. Nearly every…

  1) ‘Louise Odier’ – one for romantics, this intensely scented pink Bourbon rose repeat-flowers and resists disease well. H 5ft (1.5m) S 4ft (1.2m). Supplier: www.oldroses.co.uk 2) ‘Madame Isaac…

There’s no doubt about it – young tomato plants can always benefit from extra weather protection. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a greenhouse though as Nison has a sturdy,…

A scientist has created what could be the most environmentally-friendly lawn in the country – but your kids won’t be able to play football on it. Lionel Smith, a PhD…

The weather for the last few days has certainly kept me on my toes! rain, sun, gales, cloudy and chilly. What ever is a gardener to do? Still my tomatoes,…

Raking is gardeners’ most hated outdoor task – with Brits ranking it as a never-ending chore. Over 500 gardeners were asked to identify the task they least looked forward to. …

  Michelle shows you how to make a bee hotel for Mason bees Carefully saw a 36 x 4 x 1/2in (105 x 10 x 1.5cm) plank of untreated wood…