Spring feels different this year. But the simple pleasure of caring for your patch (whether it’s a city window box or a lawn in the countryside) remains a powerful pleasure. Since so many people are cooped up at home, we’ve pulled together some sharp items to help you – as Voltaire suggested – to cultivate your garden.
Plant shops that deliver
While many plant shops are closing their doors right now, others are widening their online offerings and delivery options.
Its shops in Los Angeles and New York are closed but The Sill is still delivering across the US.
Wildernis’s bikes and electric cars distribute plants city-wide.
Melburnians can order a range of house plants and ceramic pots from this small shop in Preston.
Order anything from palms and cacti to air plants and terrariums.
Specialising in plants that are hard to find in Portugal, Limbo posts to anywhere in the country.
Tips for novice gardeners
Peter Milne, co-founder of London’s The Nunhead Gardener nursery, offers us five pieces of advice that he often imparts to rookie customers.
Find the right plant for the right spot
If you put a sun-loving plant in a shady spot, you will end up disappointed.
Make sure you have a few evergreens
If you fill your garden with perennials it will look bleak for much of the year.
Keep the colour palette simple
If you just have a small space then this will help to create a more co-ordinated look.
Don’t pick too many diverse varieties
Just choose a few different kinds of plants and dot them around your garden.
Use big pots
Small pots dry out much quicker, while big ones give the roots more space
Model: Alexandra B