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Le Jardin Agapanthe – love it or hate it, but don’t miss it!

Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

You will love Le Jardin Agapanthe in Normandy, France. Or you will hate it. But it's not like most other gardens you'll visit. There are no lawns, borders or views (although plenty of focal points). Le…

September 3rd, 2017 - Garden design, Garden travel, Garden trends & design

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

Garden ideas picked up from holidays abroad have inspired garden designers for years. Every year, there are several award-winning RHS show gardens based on places we visit, from Provence to the Yorkshire moors. Some garden…

August 27th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

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" align="alignnone" width="300"] Michael Perry, 'Mr…

April 30th, 2017 - Garden travel

How to create a brilliant exotic garden in a cool climate

Strong shapes and colours make exotic gardens look contemporary.

There's a definite trend towards the exotic garden. Or even just the exotic border. You don't have to rip your whole garden out and re-plant with banana palms - you can create a mini-jungle atmosphere…

April 2nd, 2017 - Garden travel, Garden trends & design

What do you think about garden sculpture and ornaments?

Garden sculpture and ornaments

People with middle-sized gardens used to worry about garden sculpture and ornaments. They seemed too close to garden gnomes. As children, we loved peering into front gardens to see a few brightly coloured stone gnomes…

March 19th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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, Garden travel

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, Garden travel

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 a fruit salad. There were…

September 11th, 2016 - Garden travel, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how

13 clever ways to improve your garden – from Australia!

Tips on restoring an overgrown garden

Different country. Different climate - but travel makes you look at gardens in a fresh way.  It's inspiring to see how someone else grows things, especially if you can talk to an expert. Many Australian…

March 20th, 2016 - Garden travel