It's an often-repeated phrase in gardening but putting the 'right plant in the right place' really is a shortcut to growing success. So this week we're exploring how to match plants with places – both indoors and out – to get the absolute best out of your garden and house plants. RHS gardening advisor James Lawrence gives tips on picking the right houseplant for different rooms and garden designer Lee Burkhill shares tips on getting to know your plot. Plus designer and nursery grower Gerry Price offers advice on growing plants in coastal gardens.
Useful links: ►How to pick the right houseplant ►RHS houseplant hub ►Lee Burkhill garden design ►Get to know your garden ►The Coastal Gardener (Gerry Price) ►Coastal gardening inspiration ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Browse houseplants at RHS Plants online shop
Selected houseplants mentioned:
- Light places: Agave, Echeveria, Kalanchoe, Crassula, succulents, Lantana, Plectranthus, Pelargonium
- Filtered light: Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), Dracaena, Alocasia, gardenias, orchids
- Shade: parlour palm, devil's ivy (Epipremnum), Philodendron scandens
- Humidity: ferns (Adiantum, Boston fern (Nephrolepis)), spider plant, Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), orchids
In this week’s episode we visit Cambo Gardens* in Fife to meet snowdrop enthusiast Lady Catherine Erskine and her impressive collection of these iconic winter flowers. Plus contributions from nurserywoman Jane Rowlinson of Galanthus specialists Morlas Plants, and snowdrop growing tips from RHS gardening advisor Nikki Barker.
Useful links: ►Cambo Gardens ►RHS Partner Gardens ►Days out for snowdrop lovers ►Morlas Plants ►Search RHS gardening advice ►Get personalised gardening advice online (RHS members only) ►Join the RHS
Selected snowdrops mentioned: 'Colossus', 'Comet', 'Magnet', 'Rosemary Burnham'
*Garden visiting: Cambo Gardens is one of over 200 gardens in the UK and abroad that kindly allow free entry for RHS members (restrictions apply, please check our Partner Gardens page for more details). If you're planning a garden visit, please check that the garden is open before travelling and follow government guidelines, keeping your journey as short and local as possible.
As the new year begins, our outdoor spaces seem more important than ever. This week we're looking at how gardening can benefit the mind, body and soul. Grower and forager Poppy Okotcha shares the seasonal delights of winter purslane (Claytonia perfoliata) – a little-known salad plant that can provide fresh, healthy greens throughout the coldest months.
Award-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant gives her thoughts on how the way we garden will change in 2021, and what she's doing on her own plot to encourage wildlife. Plus the RHS's first 'Wellbeing Fellow', Dr Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui details the results of a four-year scientific study onto how having a green front garden can reduce stress and improve your mental and physical health.
Useful links: ►Find suppliers of winter purslane ► Can front gardens improve mental health? ►Gardening for health and wellbeing ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice
Do you know why we kiss under the mistletoe, or why holly and ivy are associated with Christmas? Head of RHS Libraries Fiona Davison explores the ancient myth and magic of Christmas plants. How green is your Christmas tree? Hear our guide to making sure your festive focal point doesn't cost the earth. Plus a look at an unusual cactus that grows on trees (and on your windowsill).
Useful links: ►RHS advice on Christmas trees ►Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) ►How to grow your own mistletoe ►RHS Find a plant ►Search RHS gardening advice
From changing patterns of frost and rainfall to increasing risks of summer heatwaves, climate change presents a unique set of challenges – and some opportunities – for gardeners. This week’s show is all about our increasingly variable weather and what it means for gardens, gardeners and our wildlife. Featuring weatherman and BBC broadcaster Peter Gibbs, WWF Head of Climate Change Gareth Redmond-King and RHS Gardening Advisor Nikki Barker.
Useful links: ►RHS Gardening in a Changing Climate – report summary and full report ►What can I do about climate change in my garden? ►Coping with climate change ►Search RHS gardening advice