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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

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 quite a few parties over…

August 7th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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 talk to neighbours while you're…

July 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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 family garden in spite of…

July 10th, 2016 - Garden style & living

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, wildlife, jungle or romantic -…

June 19th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Garden trends 2016 – the best ideas for YOUR garden

airy pruning at RHS Chelsea 2016

Garden trends 2016. Which ones are going to last? What will add wow factor to your garden? And having decided which new ideas you like - how do you actually achieve the effect you want?…

June 5th, 2016 - Garden style & living

Foliage – the forgotten secret of spring garden success

Stipa tenuissima spring foliage

Do you mainly think about the flowers when you're planning your garden? I do. I can't remember when I last chose a plant specifically for its foliage. But foliage is often 90% of the garden. We…

May 8th, 2016 - Garden style & living

The Great Decluttering Myth & the magic of one garden shed…

Old chemists cabinet for seed storage

There's no doubt about it - de-cluttering your desk, home or garden shed can help you feel more in control. But something is lost, too. A completely decluttered life has fewer layers and less history. It…

April 17th, 2016 - Garden style & living

How to create stunning dyes from your garden plants

Elderberry plant dye

As you harvest your first rhubarb of the year, don't throw the leaves into the compost. Boil them up to dye silk and wool. You'll get wonderful natural colours. Or use them as a fixative…

March 27th, 2016 - Garden style & living