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There are several species of ants which can be found in gardens. They are more of a nuisance than a pest and can often be found collecting the honeydew secreted by aphids and other sap feeding pests that are attacking garden plants.


The most common aphids are greenfly and blackfly but there are several other species commonly causing plant problems.

Apple, raisin and cider teabread

Liz, our cake baker extraordinaire at Castle Gardens, bakes Dorset Apple Cakes for sale in the restaurants at Poundbury Gardens and Castle Gardens - she bakes at least 10 per week!!

Bacterial Canker on Cherries and Plums

Very common and widespread on trees in the Prunus genus including ornamental and edible cherries and plums. The main symptoms are gum-weeping lesions that appear on the branches or stems of the trees.

Bedding plants

Read some suggestions for bedding plants in specific places in your garden.

Beginning to grow your own...

A simple guide for your journey toward some home grown produce - for health, wealth and happiness!


Most commonly found on roses this fungal disease shows itself at first as tiny yellow spots on the leaves which grow and develop into larger yellow and dark brown spots which can often cover the whole leaf.

Blight on potatoes and tomatoes

Our guide to this notorious problem

A widespread problem which is worse in mild, wet seasons. Damage to the foliage can extend to spoil the crops on both tomato and potato plants.

Bonsai Trees

A fascinating ancient art with a wealth of history and subtlety. Not just for the expert - a simple bonsai tree can be a superb houseplant or garden specimen and easy to maintain by following a few basic guidelines.

Box Tree Moth Caterpillars

A species of pest from Asia that is currently recieving a large amount of attention in the media.