Choisya ternata AGM or Mexican Orange Blossom is our plant of the month for March. It is an evergreen shrub which hails from Mexico and prefers the warmest position in the garden.
Altons Garden Centre is now making great use of Shoot’s plant finder in their own website. As part of the Tillington Buying Group of Garden Centres Altons has licenced the use of our plant data using the group magazine brand ‘Beautiful Gardens’. Along with Altons, Squires Garden Centres and Frosts Garden Centres also have licenced the use of our plant A-Z to allow their own customers to research plants in their own websites.
Altons Garden Centre Online will also be participating in Shoot’s new marketplace to bring our members great deals on gardening products. Coming Spring 2012!
Hi all, we are soon going to be adding around 60 new garden planner objects, including a much larger set of symbols for vegetables!
Also if you have started a plan you won’t see the welcome menu any longer. Some members have asked us to remove this if they have already started a plan. We hope you enjoy the updates!
To learn more about our garden design software (Gardening Which Best Buy 2009) please click here.
We just added a new garden profile entitled Converted farm courtyard garden for London based garden designer Claudia de Yong. As with all designer garden profiles we give you a full plants list for the garden to review. One plant that Claudia used in this garden which caught our eye is Rhodochiton atrosanguineum (Purple bell vine). We think it is beautiful and a little unusual climber choice! Do you agree?
This is the 5th garden profile we have added for Claudia on Shoot each one with its own planting list to help you to get the look. To see a full list of her gardens on Shoot visit Claudia’s business listing in Shoot. Claudia also has an article on Shoot about container planting combinations and personal profile. Check them out and enjoy!
Sarcococca confusa is our plant of the month for January. It is an evergreen shrub which can be planted in the border or in a container. The common names for this plant are Sweet box and Christmas Box.
The genus Sarcococca (Winter box) has sweetly scented pure white flowers. It flowers from December to March despite the inclement winter weather. The leaves are a lustrous dark green. This wonderful winter flowering, dense evergreen shrub is perfect for a shady border or woodland garden.
Read more about the Plant of the Month.
Still looking for a great gift for a gardener you know? Don’t forget you can buy gift memberships to Shoot for just £19.99 making an ideal gift for any experienced or novice gardener! Simply add the name of the recipient and a message to create your own personalised Shoot membership gift.
Terms: One-year membership to Shoot for UK residents only. Internet access is required. Redemption within 12 months of purchase. Current members of Shoot can also redeem the one-year gift which will be added to the end of their membership term.
As we are gearing up to start our own Gardening Marketplace this Spring 2012 we’d love to hear from you!
What would you like to see for sale in our marketplace? Which are your favourite plants, gardening products and suppliers? Who do you most like doing your shopping with and why? Do you have any small, local favourites?
Please feel free to add comments at the bottom of this post. We hope to hear from you!
We are working on some improvements to the way you can manage your plant lists. The much loved features of being able to sort your ‘Plants I have’ list into an alphabetical order or by most recently added will soon also be available in your ‘Plants I want’ lists too. We will also give you a search ‘my plant list’ feature to find a plant in any of your lists more quickly. Finally you will also be able to add all your ‘Plants I want’ to your garden plan. We hope you enjoy these upcoming improvements!
For the 3rd year Shoot has been selected as Finalist Website of the Year by the Garden Media Guild. The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the very best of horticultural communications in diverse media.
The Garden Media Guild (GMG) is an association that brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades. The Garden Media Guild’s aims are to raise the quality of garden writing, photography and broadcasting, and keep members up-to-date with events in the world of gardening and horticulture.
Shoot has almost 12,000 plants listed in the plant finder A-Z database. We are always adding new plants for our members and now we are working with plant nurseries to add even more unusual plants to the Shoot database!
Carrie Thomas of Touchwood Plants (the holder of two National Collections of Aquilegias in the UK for the Plant Heritage National Plant Collection) has worked with Shoot to add new Aquilegia vulgaris cultivars to Shoot! Aquilegia ‘Elegance’ is one of the new plants added and has been developed at Touchwood over a number of years. There is now a range of flower colours available in the ‘Elegance’ range, all named after gems. Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ has also been introduced by Touchwood. Carrie Thomas of Touchwood explains:
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the Aquilega ‘Flamboyant’ hybrid is that it is SCENTED, with sweetly fragrant flowers
We are delighted to be working with Carrie to promote Aquilega to a wider audience and look forward to working with more plant specialists to promote their beautiful plants. See all the Aquilegia in Shoot.