When buying potted plants, we should consider four significant environmental issues: pesticides, biosecurity, peat, and plastic.
As February gets into its stride, the signs of the fast approaching spring are becoming more and more evident.
January is an easy month to help butterflies and moths in the garden. Many species will be taking shelter until temperatures start to rise so leave leaf litter and postpone pruning to protect eggs, caterpillars and crysalises.
The Secret Gardener investigates which species just one lichen-covered branch could be supporting and reminds you to be careful when bringing twigs inside.
Create a moon garden to cater for night-fliers this Moth Night.
Michaelmas-daisies are one of the stars of the autumn flowerbed, providing nectar for butterflies – such as the Red Admiral - when other plants are starting to fade.
As you are pottering around deadheading pay attention to which flowers are the most popular nectar sources.
Let an area of grass grow long or sow an area with a mix of wildflowers and grasses to provide food and shelter for butterflies, moths and other wildlife.
The Verbena family includes useful nectar plants for butterflies and other pollinators.
All of us can contribute to improving the area around our homes for wildlife - whether rural or urban - and one way is by sowing wildflower seed.
Being a committed wildlife gardener means compromising a little on the tidiness of your garden to protect the overwintering sites of insects and other creatures.
Along with all the other resolutions you are making this month, why not jot down some ideas for helping butterflies and moths in your garden this year.
Holly is one of the plants most strongly associated with Christmas, but it is also a useful resource for butterflies and moths...
Heather is an attractive, evergreen shrub that can bring colour to your garden all year-round. It's also a useful nectar source for butterflies and moths and the foodplant of several caterpillars.
Create a bulb lasagne for butterflies by layering bulbs in a container. Follow the Secret Gardeners recommendations and your plants will flower in succession from February to July.
Seed harvesting is a cost effective way of preserving and increasing your stock of plants. Any surplus can be shared or swapped with friends or family.
The Secret Gardener takes a look at what's available in garden centres this month for some last-minute, low maintenance, butterfly-friendly gardening.
Despite their exotic looks, Hawk-moths and their caterpillars don't have particularly fancy tastes. Most of their food plants are commonly found in gardens.
You might not associate a garden rockery with butterflies and moths but actually the hot and dry microhabitat, with well-drained soil, can offer conditions suitable for some great nectar plants.
The large, flat, flower heads, which give Umbellifers their name (think umberella), sit atop tall stems, providing excellent perches for butterflies and moths in need of nectar.
Plant the right pollinator-friendly seeds now and you could also benefit. The Secret gardener introduces some plants that provide nectar for butterflies and moths and are also suitable to cut for flower arranging.
Witch Hazel is one of few January flowering shrubs. It will provide nectar when little else is available and its star-like blooms add a bright burst of colour in a pale winter landscape.
The Secret Gardener suggests a potted Christmas tree that can go out in the garden after the festivities are over, and provide a meal for moths.
Cheerful sedums are a delightful addition to an autumn garden. Their bright pink flowers and succulent green, grey or purple leaves light up the flowerbeds.
Known as the Butterfly Bush, Buddleia is one of the best plants to grow for butterflies, moths and other pollinators but it must be managed to prevent it spreading across sensitive natural habitats.
Gardeners might traditionally view caterpillars as pests but our Secret Gardener is happy to nurture the babies of a butterfly at the expense of a few leaves that will grow back.
July is a great time to sit out and enjoy the rewards of your gardening efforts. Many plants will be in full bloom, providing a feast for the eyes as well as a nectar buffet for butterflies and other beneficial insects.
Foxgloves are shrouded in folklore but they bring more than enchantment into your garden.