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

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

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Coloured glasses

I love garden party decorations. Flowers, bunting, lights...it's all such fun. This week we 're giving a party for my brother-in-law's big birthday. The middle-sized lawn is almost completely covered…

July 2nd, 2017 - Garden style & living

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