39 of the Best Companion Plants for Camellias
10.10.2023 - 10:33 / gardenersworld.com
Watering can be an everyday task in summer, but to ensure you use only the water you need, and that it goes just where you want it, a spray gun attached to the end of your hose is an essential piece of kit. With as many as nine different spray patterns, including a shower setting for watering borders, a mist for fragile plants and a jet spray for cleaning or filling buckets, they’re equally at home lightly misting seedlings as they are washing down a path. A hose spray gun can make light work of the most common gardening watering tasks and turn the garden hose into one of the most important tools in your garden.
Our experts have trialled and reviewed hundreds of garden tools and to see which hose spray guns fared the best, we tested a range of guns across a range of situations in the garden. We looked at performance and ease of use, but we focused on eco credentials, too. Water is a precious resource and it’s vital a spray gun doesn’t leak or drip, wasting water every time you use it.
A controllable flow option that adjusts the volume of water from 40-100 per cent is also helpful and finally, we noted whether we thought the guns were robust enough to last for longer than just a single summer. All the models tested were the gun grip type, made from plastic or metal and were compatible with a standard 13mm water stop hose connector. All had a trigger on the handle that was squeezed to turn the water on or off and most had a dial to change the spray pattern.
39 of the Best Companion Plants for Camellias
When it comes to gardening, organisation is key, and a seed storage box is a great first step, enabling you to easily access all the different seeds you hope to sow.
Claire Margetts is a senior gardener and the National Trust’s first-ever Sissinghurst Scholar, part of an 18-month programme designed to cultivate future head gardeners under Troy Scott Smith. “Vita wrote that ‘climbers are among the most useful plants in any garden’, says Claire. “I couldn’t agree more and could happily extol the virtues of any of the hundreds of clematis and climbing rose forms that adorn the medieval walls, farm buildings, homespun chestnut structures and which grow in the orchard here.” This month, Claire picks ten best climbers that will grow in shade or partial shade, are happy in most soils and are generally hardy.
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If you're a lover of Halloween and all things scary, you may be prepping your home to celebrate the holiday. While searching for Halloween decorations, don't overlook one of the best decorations to have in your home for the holiday and year-round: plants.
A bird box provides a safe place for birds to build their nests and a specialist bird box camera can give you a closer look at the birds raising their families in your garden without causing disruption.
Gardening is incredibly rewarding but it can be tricky to keep on top of seasonal jobs such as sowing and harvesting, not to mention new planting plans, redesigns and wish lists from one year to the next.
Garden cloches are low enclosures used to cover plants and, depending on their style, offer protection against a number of factors.
While bird feeders are common in Britain’s gardens, bird baths are less so. Bird baths are a brilliant way of providing birds with a regular supply of clean water for both drinking and bathing. Bird baths become even more essential in the colder months when natural sources may be frozen or in the height of summer when water can be hard to come by.
When the sun is shining, the garden is the place to be. Gardening with kids is a great way to get them outside and learning about the natural world. However, if your kids would rather spend time with a screen than a garden spade, it can be a struggle to get them outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of kids’ garden toys to make being outdoors more fun – from toys they can play with by themselves to games for the whole family to enjoy.
Trugs are a must-have garden accessory, combining practical utility and ornamental value. They can used for collecting cut flowers and plant cuttings, as well as for harvesting your homegrown fruit, veg and culinary herbs. Plus, they can be used to create indoor displays and they make wonderful gardening gifts.
There are few better ways to enjoy your garden and soak up the sun’s rays than with a garden lounger. This must-have piece of furniture is great for making sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D plus, they’re brilliantly uncomplicated – a light, airy bed for lazing in the sun.