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

What you really need to know about evergreen hedges for privacy

How to choose and plant the perfect privacy hedge

There are many good reasons for choosing hedges for privacy. Evergreen hedges provide food and shelter for wildlife all year round. Like trees, they're good for the environment generally, because…

September 25th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Growing courgettes – my ‘aha!’ moment…

Grow-your-own courgette growing tips

I watered my growing courgettes, along with the rest of the garden, before going to Spain for four days. I was really surprised by the courgettes when I got back.…

September 18th, 2016 - Grow-your-own

Make your garden last longer with dahlias

Design ideas and tips - dahlias for contemporary gardens

Dahlias are one of the most valuable plants if you want a long flowering season, but they have been unfashionable until recently. A typical dahlia border used to look like…

September 11th, 2016 - Gardening know how

10 inspiring plant ideas for a successful garden

Planting ideas to help you plan your garden

It's time to start writing down your plant ideas. As the summer ends, make a note of things you've loved in your garden and other people's. Use your notes and…

September 4th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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. I couldn't work out why next door's lavender is still healthy and bushy after fourteen years. Some of my…

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

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