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Now available at Hanleys, these plants have fabulous flowers; showy and colourful. The foliage is bigger too; and they look lush and full when healthy.

The robust, mildew-resistant New Guinea Impatiens have a bright colour mix and flower from June to September on strong, spreading plants that will quickly fill pots and cover beds and borders.

After September they can be brought...

Green fingered youngsters are getting their hands dirty at The Pavilion Garden Centre, where TV gardening expert and author Peter Dowdall is inspiring a life long love of the great outdoors.

As a father and a gardener, Peter is passionate about the benefits that gardening presents for children and the appreciation it brings for the environment around them. Peter’s childrens...

Make your green tea more appealing by serving it in a pastel pink Fleur mug by Irish designer Carolyn Donnelly. €4, exclusively at Dunnes Stores.

The summer sale continues this week at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place, with 30% off all window blinds and 10% off plantation shutters. We love this smart stripe blind, available now in-store.

Style 25 has taken delivery of a range of interesting lighting options. This blue industrial style shade is €60 from the Drawbridge St. shop.

In the market for a new mattress? Handmade from all-natural materials, the Irish-designed Core Natural Classic range moulds to the sleeper’s body shape. Free from metal and springs and made from 100% natural botanically derived materials, each one is designed with seven posture support zones. Prices start at €1,050. See for details.


Blooming shrubs tend to thrive in our climate, and for the most part are fairly self-sufficient. They don’t need oodles of attention; just clever, timely pruning, and Hanley’s Garden Centre will have a great array for sale both in-store and at their stand at the Mallow Homes and Garden Show this weekend.

Ask horticulturalist Damien at Hanleys about types of...

Nod off in a summer meadow with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Floral Watercolour Print Throw, €95, Dunnes and

Bodum's Bistro Blender mixes, chops, grinds, crushes and liquefies everything from nutritious smoothies and baby foods to satisfying soups. €133, Brown Thomas.

Take advantage of every sunny Saturday by investing in a top of the range barbecue. This stylish Weber model is one of a selection available at Cork BBQ Centre, Unit 7, Forge Hill, Cork.

One of the most stylish plants for a garden or patio, buxus grows between April and June, so now is a good time to prune and trim it into a neat shape.

Dahlias are enjoying a major renaissance at the moment. Gardening is as subject to the whims of fashion as anything else, and right now, Dahlias are hot. They’re great value, producing big, showy flowers that add great panache to your outdoor space.

Their giant blossoms are dense and elaborately petalled; they’re long-flowering and available in a tremendous array of variety...

The bold shade of this bridal bouquet reminded us of Romo's Fougere Zinnia fabric, which is divine in curtains. Check it out at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place or call them on 021 427 1877 for more details.

If the glorious summer sunshine has left your bedroom looking a little dated, now is the time to inject a touch of the exotic. This 'Priscilla' bed linen by Julien McDonald is now available at the bargain price of €21.50 - €54.50 (was €43 - €109) at Debenhams.

Are slugs munching your prized plants at night time? To eradicate them from your flower beds, sink a small container filled with beer into the ground near their favourite plant. The slugs will be attracted by the yeast and fall in, trapping them instantly.

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