The space invaders! Fill every inch of your plot with rich colours... even the driveway

Catching scarlet fever: The poppy's big, blowsy blooms will add drama to your borders 

ER9JNM Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale), flowers

Poppy's first flowers are a visual fanfare heralding the arrival of summer. The traditional time for planting is spring or autumn. If you plant them straight away, they'll have reached full size by next year.

A silver-plated summer! Add shimmer and sparkle to your plot with these beauties 


You'll know how to create gorgeous planting schemes if you love colour. But have you ever considered a silver garden?

We're dry and mighty: Trusty succulents are the answer for a long and effortless summer

Collection of succulents in pots against brick wall on wooden staging, Oold Vicarage, East Ruston, Norfolk

There is a busy gardener's alternative to petunias, begonias and other tender specimens - succulents. They look fantastic in summer, thriving on heat but needing very little attention.

Let the show begin! Inspiring Chelsea Flower Show is full of bright ideas you can try at home in your own garden 

Model Nina Schubert poses on the M&G Garden at Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in London on 19 May, 2014.
RHS / Bethany Clarke / 19.5.14

The show begins on Tuesday and the event brings together gardeners from the ages of nine to 90. It has four huge gardens, libraries, laboratories and learning centres on site.


Now THAT'S a green house! Semi-detached home on suburban street is engulfed by foliage after owner lets bushes grow up to its roof

Warwickshire home engulfed by foliage after owner lets bushes grow to its roof

A green-fingered pensioner's attempt to grow shrubs and flowers in his front garden has spectacularly back-fired - after the foliage grew so fast it engulfed his entire house.Colin Melbourne's £240,000 semi-detached property in posh Leamington Spa, Warks, has become consumed by rampant ivy and conifers, leaving it invisible to passers-by.His front garden is so overrun with plants the windows, front door and even the garage are hidden beneath the sprawling greenery.

How plants in the office help workers to flourish: Greenery in the workplace can increase production by 15%

Benefits: Psychologists found that introducing greenery to spartan workplaces led to a 15 per cent rise in output

Staff said the air quality had improved when plants were introduced to a workplace. This may be because foliage absorbs pollutants, dust and bugs from the air.

Guy Hands 'weighing up options' for Wyevale garden centres after surge in profits

Cashing in: Britons spend more time gardening and spending in its restaurants and coffee shops

The chain is owned by Guy Hands' private equity business Terra Firma, which is understood to be looking at various options including a refinancing of its debt.

Twice as quackers! Gardener grows not one but TWO tomatoes shaped just like rubber ducks 

George Wall, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, picked the bizarrely-shaped fruit forming from a tomato plant in his back garden.