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2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

I've been taking a sneak peek at the 2018 garden trends . I spent two days at GLEE, the exhibition where the gardening industry displays or discovers next year's garden plants, equipment and ideas. We…

September 17th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

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

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about making sure it all works…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Vintage & thrift

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

exotic garden in the English countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle's middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is just three years old. But it's already opening for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs the beautiful Salutation garden in…

August 6th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

How important is your garden path?

S shaped garden paths for long, thin gardens

I visited a beautifully planted garden last year, but it was spoilt by its garden path. The garden owner clearly didn't care about her garden paths. She poured all her time and money into creating…

July 30th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question. [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="600"] Garden…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens

Are we seeing a new direction in weeds?

Is it my imagination or are we seeing more 'weeds' in gardens now? I don't mean gardens that look unkempt. Some of the prettiest gardens now unashamedly seem to have weeds sprouting alongside the bedding.…

June 11th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

How to create a delightful seaside garden

Delightful seaside garden ideas

I've been visiting gardens in Whitstable to pick up seaside garden ideas. [caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignnone" width="600"] Above is a bed from the seaside garden at 5 Clare Road, open part of Whitstable Open Gardens, usually…

May 14th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

8 steps to the long thin garden of your dreams

Long thin garden design and planting tips

Two years ago Emma and Mel moved to a house in Whitstable with a long thin garden. They came from a London flat with a tiny courtyard: 'I've been dreaming about how I would create…

May 7th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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

10 creative ways to improve your winter garden

Summer plants that look good in a winter garden

What does your winter garden look like? Do you even have a 'winter garden' as such? I find that the garden becomes a bit of a dumping ground between November and February. But sometimes the…

November 13th, 2016 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how