Alton Garden Centre in Wickford is the largest in Essex covering 12 acres. Director Andy Bunker says plants are his passion, this year they are selling a lot of colour in the form of seasonal bedding. Andy told Ken Crowther which plants he thinks will be poplar this year.
Swiss garden designer and horticulturalist Hester Macdonald has been visiting one of the trade shows held in Germany to find out which new plants we can expect to see in 2015.
For thousands of years trees have been coppiced or pollarded for timber and charcoal. Today, gardeners use these techniques to promote young stems, restrict size and rejuvenate plants that respond to hard pruning, as Yvette Faris has been finding out.