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

The absolutely best way to prune English lavender beautifully

How to prune English lavender

I've been making a big mistake when I prune English lavender. [caption id="attachment_4824" align="alignnone" width="800"] My lavender in 2014. It was planted in 2012. The lavender by the obelisk went…

August 28th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Fences for privacy – 9 great ideas for garden screening

Fences for privacy

Are you making the most of your fences for privacy and screening? Privacy is a big issue for middle-sized gardens, because high hedges and fences block light. But low hedges…

August 21st, 2016 - Gardening know how

The 7 best plants for late summer garden success

Dahlia 'Labyrinth.'

How is your late summer garden looking? A friend recently told me she was really enjoying hers. I'm pretty pleased with ours, too, provided no-one looks too closely at the…

August 14th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

Easy garden party ideas

I've been working tirelessly on garden party ideas. I've had to go to lots of parties. It's a hard life, but someone has to do it. And we've also given…

August 7th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Garden furniture to love – 4 best looks

Garden furniture styles for your garden

How do you choose garden furniture? Do you drift in to a garden centre and look for the offers? Or is your garden furniture an important part of your design?…

July 24th, 2016 - Shop

The best front garden ideas – smart, easy and cheap

Front garden ideas

Here is a round-up of my favourite front garden ideas. Your front garden is part of your community. It's what people see when they walk home from work. You can…

July 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Win your own photograph turned into Touchnote postcards

Touchnote postcards of gardens

I'm really excited by my latest discovery - Touchnote postcards. So I've got 100 for you to win. Touchnote is a super-easy app which turns your own photographs into postcards,…

July 12th, 2016 - Prize draws & competitions

8 inspiring ideas from a stunning English country garden

From the greenhouse at Parham

If you want inspiration, visit an English country garden. The romantic mix of colour, abundance and formality appeals to people everywhere. Parham House & Gardens in Sussex is still a…

July 10th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Win Baby Bio Outdoor liquid feed & see the results of our tests

baby bio kale amaranthus pot

Enter this giveaway to win one of three sets of Baby Bio® Outdoor plant food, worth £11.98 each. Each set consists of one 750ml bottle of Baby Bio Outdoor Flowers…

July 3rd, 2016 - Prize draws & competitions

6 sure-fire ways to harvest MORE grow-your-own veg now

How to have the best harvests of allotment and grow-your-own veg

Would you like more grow-your-own veg? Can you improve your harvest once you start picking? Yes. There is alot you can do at this stage to increase your yield. Now…

July 3rd, 2016 - Grow-your-own

The best gardening supplies – what you really need now

Garden supplies - kit that really works

'Gardening supplies' is a funny term. It covers a whole category of extremely useful things that make gardening much easier. In the past, I used to muddle along with anything…

June 26th, 2016 - Shop

8 effective tips for narrow town garden success

Lush planting and gravel in a narrow town garden

If you live in a town or village, you probably have a long narrow town garden. It may be shady, over-looked and small. But whatever your gardening style - classic,…

June 19th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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