Converted farm garden

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!

January Plant of Month

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.

See all Sarcococca listed in Shoot.
Add Sarcococca confusa to your plants I want list.

Read more about the Plant of the Month.

Gift Memberships Available

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.

We want to hear from you

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!

Improved Plant Lists Coming Soon

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!

Website of the Year Finalist!

Website of the Year Garden Media Guild

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.

More plants added to Shoot

Aquilegia

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.

Shades of Green Garden Design

Belinda Macdonald, owner of Shades of Green Garden Design, has been a full professional member of Shoot since September 2010 and in that time has created 12 client gardens and plant lists. Most of Belinda’s client gardens contain between 50-100 different species of plants, and the list for her own garden is fast approaching 200 plants!

If the specific plant or cultivar is not available on the Shoot database I either select a similar cultivar and add a note on the plant list, or I ask Shoot to add the plant to the database. Shoot adds new plants for me on a regular basis.

Before purchasing a professional membership with Shoot, Belinda provided her clients with a plant care and maintenance file.  Clients sometimes found it cumbersome to cross-reference the maintenance instructions with the plant listing and then to recognise the various plants in the borders. Providing clients with an online plant database using Shoot has proved to be an excellent solution to this problem.

Clients who are keen to maintain their new gardens but who lack confidence or gardening expertise are particularly impressed with their new Shoot garden accounts.

Shoot’s plant photographs help Belinda’s clients to recognise the different plants in their garden and the monthly garden care calendar and ‘how-to-do’  pages provides a timely reminder for the various maintenance tasks and throughout the year.  Belinda’s clients can also research plants to add to their gardens as in Scotland plant hardiness ratings are a particularly important consideration!

The feedback for the Shoot resource has been very positive, with some clients becoming instantly addicted to the site and its wealth of gardening knowledge and plant information.

Belinda makes a small charge for the time it takes to set up the online garden, as she did when she provided a paper-based plant care resource, and her professional membership allows clients to enjoy the benefits of Shoot for no charge for 12 months. Belinda keeps a copy of all her client gardens on Shoot and often finds herself tapping into the online plant lists rather than rummaging in the filing cabinet to remind herself of particular plants used in different gardens.

Belinda renewed her professional membership with Shoot and is looking forward to another year of being able to offer the added value of this service to my clients. To read more about this service please click here.

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to the new Shoot blog! We will update you here about Shoot services, planned improvements as well as profile the business community we work with. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments.