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Gardens come in all manner of themes, but one theme so often overlooked is that of a garden designed to attract bees. There are many bee-friendly shrubs that you can include in order to bring about the flying yellow companions. Below is our list of the 10 best flowering shrubs for bees starting with a shrub more commonly known for its appeal to butterflies but also a favourite of bees. Buddleia (Butterfly bush) The butterfly…

If you are looking to have a garden rife with bees, there are certain plants to consider growing. It’s important to remember that our local bees play a very important role in pollinating plants but they also need sustenance from the plants. While many flowering plants will bring bees about for intermittent pollination, if you really want to create a bee-friendly garden, try including our top 10 plants that attract bees. Digitalis (Foxgloves) Foxgloves are…

Everyone loves the company of butterflies, with their many colours and their stunning flying patterns. To that end, if you want to encourage the arrival of more flying friends, you need to grow nectar plants that help feed butterflies. Sadly butterflies are in decline and according to a report by the butterfly conservation, 75% of UK butterflies are shown a 10-year decrease so its never been so important to plant with butterflies in mind. With…

Growing fig trees in containers is a wonderful way to grow smaller varieties of fruit trees in your home, perhaps in an apartment, or outside on a patio for those of you who don’t have large gardens. It’s also a great way to control the size of varieties that might otherwise grow to large. Growing in containers requires the same general care and maintenance as growing anything else. One of the benefits to growing in…

Fig trees are wonderful additions to any home and with so many varieties available on the market today you can grow your fig trees in containers outside or inside, you can grow them directly in the ground, you can get self-pollinating versions as well that give you fruit with a single plant. Of course, in order to get the fruits and enjoy a successful fig tree, you need to know how to grow them and…

Figs are part of the Ficus genus, a group of plants that have made a name for themselves throughout history. In fact, there is mention of figs and fig trees cultivated in the most famous gardens throughout history particularly those across the Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Fig trees can produce fruit as long as you give them adequate light and protection against severe cold and if grown in a greenhouse will often produce…

Fig trees are stunning and produce beautiful fruit and some varieties such as Brown Turkey can even be grown outside successfully. They have been popular infamous Mediterranean Gardens throughout history, mentioned in ancient biblical Gardens, Roman Gardens, even Ottoman Gardens. But growing them in the UK outside, successfully, requires you to choose a particularly strong variety and plant it near a sunny wall to get the most out of it. Figs need protection against our…

Rubber plants are wonderful plants to have in your home, office or any warm indoor space. It is from these plants that we derive the sap needed to create rubber but rest assured you won’t have to contend with that if you are cultivating them in your home because that production does not begin until the plants have reached full maturity which when grown has house plants is hardy every reaches, at the end of…

Rubber plants can get quite large unless you prune them to effectively control their size. If you fail to properly prune rubber plants the branches will find it difficult to support the weight of additional branches and leaves. This usually results in the snapping of branches or an otherwise ugly and uncontrolled visual display. Pruning your rubber tree doesn’t have to be particularly complicated and in fact, as is the case with most plants, pruning…

Rubber trees are wonderful house plants and if you already have a successful rubber plant or know someone who does there’s no reason you shouldn’t have two or three more. Propagating can seem intimidating at first but you shouldn’t shy away from it until you’ve tried it and its good fun. With rubber plants, there are two main ways that you can propagate, the first from cuttings similar to how you would propagate most other…