As the RHS Chelsea Flower Show kicks off this week, we pick our favourite sites for gardeners.

This week (24-28th May) is the RHS Chelsea Flower Week, the pinnacle of the gardening calendar when the great and the good of the gardening world gather to showcase gardens, share information and sell gardening goods. In homage to the event, we have put together a digest of our own favourite gardening sites; the ones we use when we want to buy seeds or plants, find information and benefit from advice and help when we’re feeling green fingered.


An award-winning site for gardeners, Crocus is so comprehensive it's hard to know where to start. A must-visit for armchair and professional gardeners, Crocus lets you search for plants by type (A-Z) and find everything from garden tools and furniture to bird feeders vegetable seeds, plus much besides. Everything is presented in a clear and helpful manner making the shopping opportunities very tempting indeed.

See: Gardening Direct; Sparrow & Finch


This helpful online garden planner is great for novice gardeners who wish to draw out their garden and get help deciding how best to plant it. The Garden Planner software illustrates the amount of space plants require and how to group them for maximum success. Meanwhile, it’s easy for users to draw out their vegetable beds, add plants and find advice and tools that adapt to suit their gardening style and goals. £15 a year.

See: House to Home Garden Planner;


This award-winning site is truly one of the best on the web when it comes to finding information and advice on gardens and gardening. Anyone who has even a passing interest in gardening will enjoy a visit. The RHS boasts 360000 members and membership of this very British institution includes the opportunity to attend the Society's star shows, read the RHS monthly magazine and browse articles on plants, gardens to visit and much more.

See: BBC Garderning; Garden Guides


There is no need to go far afield when it comes to taking a break. Alistair Sawday’s British Bed & Breakfasts for Garden Lovers let garden lovers search for places to stay in Britain that have great gardens. In addition to being well-fed and looked after, visitors can enjoy gardens which have been lovingly looked after or restored by their owners. Enjoy a detailed overview of each garden including a full gallery of high quality pictures.

See: The National Trust; Open Garden Squares Weekend


If you've ever thrown a half eaten bag of salad or herb bag into the bin or lamented the tasteless tomatoes bought from the supermarket, then it might be worth starting to grow your own and there are few better places to start than here. Urban Allotments is an excellent site that helps you to get the most out of your growing your own, whether you have an allotment, a patio or even just a windowsill.

See: National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Limited; VegGrower


The UK's leading organic growing charity, Garden Organic has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years. It is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food and its professional, easy-to-use site reflects this, covering everything you could possibly need to know about organic gardening.

See: Organic Gardening


Since Thompson & Morgan's first seed catalogue was published in 1855, it has grown to become one of the largest mail order seed and plant companies. Its product range includes an award-winning seed range, young plants, bulbs, seed potatoes, onion and garlic sets, soft fruit and fruit trees and much more besides, but it is seeds for which it remains best known.

See: Seeds of Italy; Suttons

Emily Jenkinson

23rd May 2011