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

What colour should I paint my shed?

I have been debating the crucial issue of what colour to paint my shed. Painting your shed transforms your garden. And if I paint my shed, it'll also last longer.…

June 18th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more 'weeds' in gardens now? I don't mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living

11 charming small garden ideas on a budget

If asked for 'small garden ideas', I wouldn't normally start with advising you to plant a large cypress tree right in the middle of your  courtyard garden. But one of…

June 4th, 2017 - Garden style & living

A few of my favourite gardening things…

Good gardening things I've tried

'Gardening things' may sound a bit vague, but I wanted to tell you about a few of the best things that I've tried recently. I've bought or been given some…

May 28th, 2017 - Shop

The best plants for amazingly low maintenance garden pots

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' for a low-maintenance garden pot

What are 'low maintenance garden pots'? After all, how low can you go? Can you go away on holiday for a fortnight without asking anyone to water your pots? Er,…

May 21st, 2017 - Container gardening

How to create a delightful seaside garden

Delightful seaside garden ideas

I've been visiting gardens in Whitstable to pick up seaside garden ideas. [caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignnone" width="600"] Above is a bed from the seaside garden at 5 Clare Road, open part…

May 14th, 2017 - Garden style & living

8 steps to the long thin garden of your dreams

Long thin garden design and planting tips

Two years ago Emma and Mel moved to a house in Whitstable with a long thin garden. They came from a London flat with a tiny courtyard: 'I've been dreaming…

May 7th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to think like a modern plant hunter…

Frangipani growing in Florida

If you google 'plant hunter', Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, will pop up sooner rather than later. Plant hunters used to be Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian adventurers. [caption id="attachment_6475"…

April 30th, 2017 - Garden travel

Win a handmade Oak & Rope Seed Packet Tidy worth £65!

Win an Oak & Rope Seed Packet Tidy

I've been given an oak 'Seed Packet Tidy' by The Oak & Rope Company. And I liked it so much I asked the company to give you one, too. [caption…

April 27th, 2017 - Prize draws & competitions

Orchid care – how to stop feeling guilty and love your orchid

Easy tips for orchid care

Do you feel guilty about orchid care? Have you been given a potted orchid which did look beautiful for weeks? And do you now have a sad little transparent pot…

April 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living

10 no-time, no-money last-minute Easter decorating secrets

Easter decorating tips

I woke up to Easter decorating rather late this year. You may already have your spring door wreath, complete with succulents and quails' eggs on your door. And you may…

April 14th, 2017 - The Middlesized House

Win tickets to the Country Living Fair + discount!

Win tickets to the Country Living Fair

You could win tickets to the Country Living Fair, from 27th-30th April at Alexandra Palace, London. We're giving away four pairs of tickets, worth £36 a pair. Even if you…

April 5th, 2017 - Prize draws & competitions