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How to create an irresistibly romantic garden….

Romantic garden ideas

What is a romantic garden? Everyone will have their own definition. So with Valentine's Day looming up, I've picked out ten 'romantic garden' ideas. Just a little bit wild... A romantic garden always has something…

February 12th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Effective medicinal plants to grow in your garden

You could grow many useful medicinal plants in your garden

Until 100 years ago, we used medicinal plants to treat most illnesses. And, according to a new book, The Gardener's Companion to Medicinal Plants, they still do in Africa, Asia and South America. Even the chemical…

February 5th, 2017 - Garden style & living

Where is gardening illegal?

Is gardening illegal in New Zealand.

Gardening illegal? Surely not! But when I was recently 'researching gardening' (otherwise known as 'wasting time') online, I discovered that one of the common questions about gardening is 'where is gardening illegal?' I had to…

January 29th, 2017 - Garden style & living

A year of glorious gardens to visit

Heale Gardens in Wiltshire

Here are some of my favourite gardens to visit. These are taken from gardens I visited in 2016 that will also open to the public in 2017. Some are 'great gardens' run by professional gardeners,…

January 1st, 2017 - Garden style & living

How to make a beautiful twig wreath from tree trimmings

Make a beautiful twig wreath - quick, easy and free

A twig wreath is easy, quick and stylish. And it's free, if you use your garden trimmings. Now is a good time to prune many trees, shrubs and climbers. So before you dispose of your…

December 11th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Christmas garden decorations – how to be festive and wildlife-friendly

Garden Christmas decorations

Christmas garden decorations. Do you love them, or do you worry about light pollution? Decorating your garden at Christmas is a trend that has crept over from the US. When we went to Virginia in…

December 4th, 2016 - Garden style & living

10 fascinating garden gifts we’d all love to get

Garden gifts for Christmas

Garden gifts are tricky. I don't think any of us wants a random plant. Certainly not if we have middle-sized gardens, because there's rarely a spare space to squeeze a plant in. And there are…

November 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Take an insider look at the essentials of garden design

The essentials of garden design apply to all sizes of garden

Can you really cram the essentials of garden design into one day - let alone one blog post? I was invited to join the KLC School of Design on their excellent one day 'Experience Garden…

November 6th, 2016 - Garden style & living

9 fascinating and useful garden design ideas from the man at the top

Andy Sturgeon photograph

I've just heard some really inspiring garden design ideas from Andy Sturgeon,  winner of nearly 40 national and international garden design awards. And everything he said was not only inspiring, but was also directly relevant…

October 30th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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 pictures to steer you through…

September 4th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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 bare patches and the weeds.…

August 14th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Easy garden party ideas and inspiration

Easy garden party ideas

Garden party ideas can be such fun. Coloured tablecloths and glasses. Seasonal garden flowers in jam jars. Night-lights, lanterns and solar lights for long discussions late into the night... We've given quite a few garden…

August 7th, 2016 - Garden style & living