Take inspiration from the Feel Good Gardens at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower show is here! This year the Feel Good Gardens, sponsored by BBC Radio 2, are designed to encourage use of the five senses, focusing on the themes of taste, scent, colour, texture and listening. So, inspired by Chelsea, here are my favourite plants for each of the five senses, all of which can be planted in pots to bring new sensory dimensions to your urban garden.

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Bring bright and bold colours to your urban garden

Summer is coming! As I write this outside the weather is glorious, and I'm itching to get out into my urban garden to have a potter. Summer plants bring the brightest and boldest flowers of the year, and in this post I focus on plants to buy and plant now to make your urban garden pop with colour this summer.

The Urban Botanics Glossary: Variegated Leaves

Welcome to the second in our series of glossary posts, where we succinctly explain key gardening jargon so you can take your urban gardening to the next level. In this glossary entry, we focus on foliage and explain what variegated leaves are.

Planting for summer: seeds and bulbs to plant now

April is a key month to do a little work so your outdoor urban garden is stunning come the summer. Imagine warm nights, sat out among pots of beautiful flowers, sipping on a glass of wine, maybe with a few friends, maybe eating a salad freshly picked from your urban garden. Sounds like heaven to me! And you can achieve all this by spending a little time planting seeds and bulbs in April, even if you only have a window box and a few pots to plant them in.

Exciting news: Our online urban gardening shop has launched!

I’m very excited to announce that today we are launching our online urban gardening shop, which sells high quality plant pots, window boxes, hanging planters, wall planters, gardening tools and accessories which make clever use of space, have a contemporary design and are suitable for use indoors and on balconies, roof terraces and windowsills. Please do check out the shop by clicking the ‘shop’ link at the top left of this page. I want to say a big thank you to all the readers of this blog, for your support and interest in Urban Botanics and urban gardening – I’m excited now to continue to build and improve both the blog and the shop, so we can spread the word about urban gardening; and make plants part of people’s city lives!

First flowers of the year

The last couple of weeks I've started to spot the first flowers of the year popping up both in my urban garden, and while out and about, a clear and sure sign that Spring is coming. I get so excited over these early beauties. I really treasure them as I look forward to more light, better weather, and the chance to get out in my urban garden more often. Roll on Spring!