Celebrating 18 years at QVC!


It certainly has been a challenging start to the gardening year!

The weather during March wasn’t as good as we’d hoped and most of the Easter weekend (apart from Easter Friday) was blustery and cold – so most of us have got some catching up to do.

I took advantage of a sunny afternoon on Tuesday to pot up my Plants2Gardens Stellar Southern Stars pelargoniums (which founder Helen Bainbridge says can flower for 12 months!) as well as their stunning new varieties of Black eyed Susan (Thunbergia). I also potted up my over-wintered dahlias and some new tubers I’ve just bought (‘Purple Flame’ and ‘Karma Maarten Zwaan’).

This weekend, I’m hoping to give my patio a spring clean (with Wet and Forget), dig up and divide some clumps of perennials and also tie back my blackberries (which got a bit battered in the Easter winds).

The other key job is to sprinkle some more of my Slug & Snail Control organic pellets around the emerging young shoots of plants like clematis and delphiniums. It’s going to be yet another bad year for the pests and I want to get rid of as many as I can as early as possible this spring.

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It’s an exciting time as next week we’ll be celebrating the 18th anniversary of my garden shows on QVC. From Monday 4th April to Thursday 7th we’ve got special shows at 14.00 and 23.00, all of which will feature anniversary prices on selected plants and products.

Highlights for me include a limited edition duo pack of Flower Power and Container Magic (a time saving must for anyone planting up summer pots and baskets) and my Plant Invigorator kit with the brand new precision hand sprayer.

We’ll be showing lots of very tempting plants too including one of the most exciting new plants of the year: the first ever yellow flowered cosmos.

This fast growing, very long flowering summer bedding plant from Unwins produces beautiful yellow flowers above soft, ferny green leaves. It’s more compact than most cosmos, so can easily be grown in pots on the patio. This is one of my must grow plants new this year.

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I love hydrangeas, especially the easy grow cone flowered ‘paniculata’ varieties so I’m especially excited that we’ve a selection of three special varieties from Hayloft, Lime green/salmon pink ‘Bombshell’, cream flushed pink, turning dark pink ‘Sundae Fraise’ and the dazzling white ‘Silver Dollar’.

If you’re looking for the most stunning display in a hanging basket, Mont Rose of Guernsey are launching a new and improved version of the astonishing Charlie’s Angels petunias. Considered by many to be better than the world famous Surfinia petunias, these can cascade as much as 1.2m and create the most spectacular waterfall of colour.

I also love Begonia Apricot Shades from de Jager (pictured at the top), they’re wonderful in sun or shade. It’s the most popular plant we’ve sold on QVC and now it’s in its improved form it’s better than ever, so don’t miss one of the last opportunities this spring to buy it.

So whatever the weather, you can still enjoy your gardening on QVC.

Please join me for what promises to be some really enjoyable shows to celebrate my QVC birthday!

Monday 4th April – Thursday 7th April at 2pm and 11pm

Sunday 10th April at 9am

Happy gardening!


  1. SheMag April 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hey, Richard! I wondered why we were being spoiled with evening shows! Congrats on the anniversary. I wonder how many non-gardeners like me your enthusiasm and expertise have converted over the years?! Ooh…you’ll have to ask Gorgeous George if he’s got a second glorious jacket, with candles on it instead of flowers, to wear in your honour! Enjoy your special week, won’t you?

    • admin April 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

      Thank you very much, appreciate! – Richard

  2. Valerie Blunden April 3, 2016 at 1:19 am -  Reply

    I bought the tub of natural fertiliser and it said to use 70 ml per Square metre, but the scoop provided Is a 50 ml.
    Why don’t you make a 70ml scoop as this is the Measure needed.
    Love the show many thanks Valerie

    • admin April 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

      Good point but most people use heaped scoops. It’s better to under apply than over apply. – Richard

  3. Ruth Danbury April 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Would the plant invigourater prevent downy mildew on busy lizzies, many thanks

    • admin April 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

      Hello Ruth, I’m afraid nothing will prevent downy mildew on busy lizzies. It’s best to grow mildrew resistant varieties like sunpatiens. – Richard

  4. Sue April 7, 2016 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Been very busy buying up your products and, so far, very pleased. Can you tell me whether your Premium Easy Flowers all need to be sown this year or will it keep for next year as well.

  5. Susan Smurthwaite April 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard….loving your special shows and my congratulations on your anniversary. Have purchased the gardening pick of the month……cause last year my roses and other plants/flowers were covered with bugs and insects…so this year I thought right ….BUG ATTACK and it just so happened that your plant invigorator was on special. Thanks for all your gardening tips and beautiful flowers.

  6. Marlene J April 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, hope you can answer me regards wet & forget and your fantastic weedkiller-can up you use in conjunction with each other And which way round to use first, whats your best advice please? (Just recieved from your show the original broom). Thanks Marlene from Manchester. Happy 18th show X

  7. Jean April 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Congradulations on your QVC Anniversary Richard l am now a keen gardener with thanks try to your shows and expertise, together with Hayloft, Unwin, deJager, Claire Austin etc experts – etc., thank you l am now Flower Power converted and well stocked up – with 3 palm trees on my patio not to mention Luxform and solar lights and wind chimes – l’ve grown tomatoes, lettuces, strawberries, blueberries, basil tree, apple tree with your expertise – great show and team at QVC

  8. Judith April 9, 2016 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, we bought 2 plants recently: rhododendron
    and magnolia
    Stella’s, both of which are now dying. They started well and looked healthy but then the R developed brown splotches on the leaves and started to fall off. The M flowered well and then started growing leaves but those have now dropped and are falling off. Can you help?

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