Parking is no excuse for paving over your whole front garden - there are green, wildlife-friendly and flood-preventing solutions that still allow for parking! See for all our Greening Grey Britain tips and to show your support.
Intriguing identification - this is Fascicularia bicolour, and it was a popular identification for 2016. This terrestrial Bromeliad needs to be grown in a sheltered warm spot, but it does add a touch of the exotic wherever it is grown!
New week, new show! The RHS London Botanical Art Show, a celebration of botanical art and horticultural masterpieces from around the world, gets underway on 24/25 Feb - plan your visit at [pic: Sarah Jane Humphrey, who will be at the show]
Step into RHS Garden Wisley's Glasshouse and enjoy a taste of the exotic! Thousands of free-flying butterflies are fluttering around our tropical paradise for you to watch or photograph - get a sneak peek in the video below. Plan your visit to see the Butterflies in the Glasshouse at (on until 5 March).
Happy National Cabbage Day! Let’s hear it for the humble cabbage, or do you hate cabbage with a passion and wouldn’t eat it, let alone grow it? Here’s a helpful link for the cabbage growers:
- Becky ,RHS Gardening Advice
The wait is finally over, and we can now announce the three finalists who will take part in this year's RHS Young Designer of the Year competition - Anca Panait, Jake Curley and Ula Maria Bujauskaite! Read more and see the designs at .
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RHS London Botanical Art Show

Earthworm Watch! Help the Natural History Museum, London with their citizen science survey of earthworms. Follow the link to request a pack or print off from the page, and then get digging and recording your soil conditions and earthworms in your garden. Great half term fun :)
We're celebrating Valentine's Day with Lamprocapnos spectabilis 'Valentine', one of the flowers on show at the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair today and tomorrow! Find out how to look after your 'bleeding heart' at .
The first spots of gold... the early flowering daffodils are starting to appear. This early riser is Narcissus ‘February Gold’: . I spotted these on a lovely winter walk with my daughter - where is your favourite place for a winter colour walk?
- Becky, RHS Gardening Advice Team
We kick-start your gardening year with a mix of fresh spring colour and early-flowering plants at the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair, starting with a Late event from 6pm tomorrow! Plan your visit at .
Iris reticulata add joy wherever they are planted, whether it’s in pots on your patio or drifts around your shrubs. They do love the sun, but don’t we all at this time of year. Check out our selection to get your Iris fix:
- Becky, RHS Gardening Advice Team
Enjoy the perfect day out with the RHS! See what we have in store this weekend, including RHS Garden Harlow Carr's Winter Garden Weekend, RHS Garden Rosemoor's Snowdrop Day and much more, at .
Spring is approaching! Snowdrops are a great sign that spring is just around the corner, and these beauties at RHS Garden Harlow Carr are certainly putting us in a good mood. See all our snowdrop tips at .
Create your very own butterfly spectacle in your garden! Having butterflies flutter around while you work or rest in the garden is one of the many joys of working outside. Encourage and support our native butterflies by planting plants especially for them.
See for tips and plant suggestions.
Now is the perfect time for forcing rhubarb! Covering crowns to prevent all light reaching them will encourage an earlier crop, and produce lovely pink, tender stems. For more tips on growing rhubarb, inc. how and when to force, visit
You can now keep your Venus flytrap snappy and peat-free! We have added a few peat-free compost options to our web-profile at . Carnivorous plants naturally grow in peat bogs, however environmentally it is crucial to reduce usage where we can!
- Becky, RHS Gardening Advice Team
Congratulations to Claire Lawrie whose stunning photo won a very close battle to win the social media category for January in the RHS Photo Competition! February's round (the final month!) is already underway - if you want to get involved then visit for details.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr's Winter Walk, with its brightly-coloured barks, flowers and berries, is full of winter inspiration as you can see! Plus we have some exciting new additions to help celebrate its 10th birthday - see more at .
Three stunning images of Aberglasney Gardens (, an RHS Partner Garden in Carmarthenshire, have won awards in the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Award (IGPOTY). Taken by Nigel McCall, the images including 'Upper Walled Garden, Sunrise' (shown) took prizes in the Beautiful Gardens category.