Spring Summer fabrics, wallpapers and accessories from Designers Guild

The new Spring Summer collection 2012 from Designers Guild is now available for preview online. Featuring beautiful and bold floral patterns from the Kimono Blossom range, vibrant blues and lilac checks and stripes in the Saraille range and a softer Country range offering pale blues, greens and turquoise in pretty floral and check patterns.

Here are some beautiful images from the new ranges.

Designers Guild Kimono Blossom

Designers Guild Country

Designers Guild Saraille

Valentine’s Day special gift ideas – accessories for around the home

It’s not long now until Valentine’s Day. Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved one? Or maybe just want to add a touch of romance to you home for the special day. Here are some great ideas of lovely home accessories to get you in the mood…

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Love pillowcase set £29.95,  Personalised love hearts picture £58, from Not on the High Street


Andrew Martin love letter wallpaper £49.90, Libra love bookends £71.50, from Bouf

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Wedgwood Queen of Hearts collection from £40, Rose sculpture cushion £12.50, House of Fraser

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Wall sticker £11.99 from Bouf, 1000 red silk rose petals £7.24 from Amazon


Flowers in the winter – trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs for winter colour

When it’s cold and gloomy outside, us gardeners need something special to tempt us outside. If you think there isn’t much going on at this time of year then you’d be wrong, there are loads of trees, shrubs and bulbs putting on a great show right now, so make room for some of these in your garden. Plant near a window or entrance to make the most of them.

Some of the best winter flowering trees and shrubs (left to right)…Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ flowers between October to March, Camellia japonica ‘Silver Anniversary’ flowers from January to March, Hamamelis intermedia ‘Diane’ flowers in January and February, Lonicera winter honeysuckle, Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’ also has a good fragrance and flowers between November and March, another one with great fragrance Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Purple Stem’ flowers December to March.

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Here are some top perennials and bulbs to mix into your borders for winter interest. Cyclamen coum flowers from January to March, Helleborus ‘Harvington Double’ flowers February to April, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in mild winters this will flower continuously all through the year – an amazing plant, Snowdrop Galanthus ‘S Arnott’ flowers February and March, Eranthis hyemalis winter aconite flowers February and March, Crocus chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’ flowers February and March.

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Plant bareroot roses now for the best display this summer

January is the peak season for planting bareroot roses. What better way to beat the January blues than getting our in the garden and planting some roses for next summer. Using bareroot plants will give you the widest choice of plants at better prices than container plants. Planting now when plants are dormant will help them to quickly become established in the garden, and ready to start growing a soon as the weather warms up.

Here are a selection of beautiful varieties from David Austin, visit their website to see the full range.

Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll Climbing rose

Claire Austin

Claire Austin

Gentle Hermione

Gentle Hermione

Tuscany Superb

Tuscany Superb

Find out more about planting and caring for bare root plants at the RHS website.