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Style formal

Why Style matters in the garden

I wrote in a recent blog post about spaces to sit and relax in your garden and July is the ideal time to take a good look round and decide if the layout and planting still suit your likes and lifestyle.  If you are considering making changes, whether a bit of replanting, replacing an ageing […]

Patio

A garden for entertaining

From June to September, if we are lucky with the weather, I expect that many people who are not regular gardeners will spend their leisure time out in the garden.  Whilst providing outdoor space and a lovely view all year round, it is in summer that the garden as a place for relaxing and entertaining […]

Make your borders Mixed but not Messy

One of the most practical solutions to the perennial conundrum of year round colour in the garden without too much work is a well structured Mixed Border.  Unlike a Herbaceous Border or a Shrubbery, a mixed border, as the name suggests, uses a wide range of plants of all types from ground cover and bulbs […]

Gardening trends – where is gardening going?

Predicting the future and fashion trends is something of a mug’s game but I am interested in the general direction of travel for gardening; not the cat walk world of show garden design but the role of gardening in people’s lives and communities.  Over the last few years I have seen three influences develop that […]

Naturalistic Planting

Last month I wrote about planting field grown trees and shrubs in the November-March bare root season while they are dormant.  One of the reasons for planting these woody plants is to create an area of Naturalistic planting.  This style does not limit you to native plants and is not a copy of the local […]

What makes a Wellbeing Garden

Several of this year’s big flower shows have included gardens entitled something like The Wellbeing Gaarden.  This is not really surprising with the increasing realisation that gardens and gardening can be very good for our mental as well as physical health.  What does surprise me though is the apparent consensus from the shows, magazines and […]

Get a bigger garden

Would you like a bigger garden without moving house or moving the boundaries into the garden next door?  Well it is possible make your garden appear bigger by some careful use of space and perspective. Sitting outside in summer offers a good chance to look at the overall layout of your garden and question whether […]

The Seaside in your Garden

August is well and truly the holiday month and whether you have been away or are still looking forward to going, what could be nicer than having a sense of the seaside without leaving home? Creating a coastal feel to a corner of your garden is not difficult as long as you understand that you […]

What’s wrong with Rhododendrons?

Towards the end of May I spent two consecutive days garden visiting and there could hardly have been a greater contrast.  Firstly I was one of thousands at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the following day I attended a preview of Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex currently undergoing restoration.  Apart from the weather – […]

The New Shrubbery

By using the term New Shrubbery I do not just mean adding in a few more shrubs but thinking about how much this useful and sometimes maligned group of plans can add to your garden.    I often talk and write about  Less Effort Gardening and the benefits of permanent planting to create a year […]