if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

How to make a terrarium that won’t die in 6 weeks

Me and my terrarium.

The terrarium is back in fashion. You probably last saw one in the 1970s, gathering dust in Great-aunt Agatha's musty Victorian interior. Now you might expect to find them in…

September 24th, 2017 - Gardening know how, The Middlesized House

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

I've been taking a sneak peek at the 2018 garden trends . I spent two days at GLEE, the exhibition where the gardening industry displays or discovers next year's garden…

September 17th, 2017 - Garden style & living

An orchard in the garden? You really do have the space!

How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

'Laura has an orchard in the garden,' said my friend, Rosie, over a gin-and-tonic. Firstly, Laura and Rosie live in the same street in the market town of Faversham. The…

September 10th, 2017 - Grow-your-own

Le Jardin Agapanthe – love it or hate it, but don’t miss it!

Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

You will love Le Jardin Agapanthe in Normandy, France. Or you will hate it. But it's not like most other gardens you'll visit. There are no lawns, borders or views (although…

September 3rd, 2017 - Garden design, Garden travel

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

Garden ideas picked up from holidays abroad have inspired garden designers for years. Every year, there are several award-winning RHS show gardens based on places we visit, from Provence to…

August 27th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his…

August 20th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

exotic garden in the English countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle's middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is just three years old. But it's already opening for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs…

August 6th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How important is your garden path?

S shaped garden paths for long, thin gardens

I visited a beautifully planted garden last year, but it was spoilt by its garden path. The garden owner clearly didn't care about her garden paths. She poured all her…

July 30th, 2017 - Garden design

Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question.…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to turn a pergola into a simple gazebo.

We decided to turn a neglected pergola in the corner of the garden into a simple gazebo, in order to create an 'outside room.' It has a wonderful view of…

July 16th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

good children's tools

Children's gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back…

July 9th, 2017 - Garden style & living