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

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

How to create a brilliant exotic garden in a cool climate

Strong shapes and colours make exotic gardens look contemporary.

There's a definite trend towards the exotic garden. Or even just the exotic border. You don't have to rip your whole garden out and re-plant with banana palms - you…

April 2nd, 2017 - Garden travel

My favourite new garden tools and books

My favourite new garden tools

Garden bloggers see alot of new garden tools and books at the beginning of the gardening year. This year, garden tools are lighter and stronger than they've ever been before.…

March 26th, 2017 - Shop

What do you think about garden sculpture and ornaments?

Garden sculpture and ornaments

People with middle-sized gardens used to worry about garden sculpture and ornaments. They seemed too close to garden gnomes. As children, we loved peering into front gardens to see a…

March 19th, 2017 - Garden style & living

How much food can you grow in a small urban garden?

How to grow food in a small urban garden

Could you double or treble the amount of food you grow in your small urban garden? I visited a garden recently which packs layers of fruit, vegetables and herbs into…

March 12th, 2017 - Grow-your-own