Grass beyond the Lawn

I often recommend using ornamental grasses in a mixed border along with the more traditional cottage garden perennials for interest right through the winter.  There are many different grasses and grass-like plants to choose from and not all suit every situation so this blog looks at the questions you should ask to make the right choice. The main plant families...

Art in the Garden

This blog is a little different from most of my previous posts as I am not strictly writing about gardening but about a whole other aspect of garden enjoyment: Art, and primarily sculpture, in the garden. I should make it clear right at the start that I am no expert here, but I am a gardener interested in anything...

Climbing plants for cover

I am regularly asked for plant suggestions to break up the bulk of a fence or wall, soften the outlook and give colour without spilling out over the lawn or occupying all the space in a border.  That is quite an ask of a plant! The coloured leaves of climber Actinidia kolomikta But happily there is an answer: Climbers.  Plants that can...

Late summer perennials

First things first, what exactly is a perennial?  In the horticultural context it is any plant that lives for more than two years.  In common gardening parlance we use the term for a non-woody plant where the above ground stems die off in autumn but the roots and crown survive the winter to produce new stems, leaves and flowers...

Trees for privacy in the garden

Summer holidays mark a few weeks when we all spend more time outside and especially in the garden.  But few of us live with no near neighbours and a common challenge is to create a garden with a sense of privacy without overwhelming and darkening what might already be a small space. Clearly in most situations a fence or hedge...