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Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

Whitstable Open Gardens is held every year in June for the NGS. But even if you’re nowhere near Kent, let me treat you to a few of the summery seaside garden…

June 3rd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


How to start a successful garden from scratch

Starting a garden from scratch is both a challenge and  a privilege. When Sarah Langton-Lockton bought her 1920s house, the garden was overgrown to the point of dereliction. It all…

May 27th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – what it means for your garden

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show or ‘Chelsea’, as it’s known in the gardening world, is our Fashion Week. The celebs may dip in and out, but the trends percolate down…

May 21st, 2018

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Edible daylilies and more exciting plants you can eat from Incredible Edibles by Matthew Biggs

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

‘Daylilies are edible’ I said to our guests. ‘So we’re going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.’ Everyone was very positive (although they may have been secretly…

April 8th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own


Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in…

February 17th, 2018

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden trends & design


Youtube gardening - who to follow

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gurus…

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video is fast,…

February 4th, 2018

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What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term ‘re-wilding’ at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It’s one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild…

January 21st, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco


Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend…

January 14th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


Best of 2017

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

To wish you ‘happy Christmas’, here is ‘the best of 2017’ – the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are…

December 17th, 2017

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

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…

September 17th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design


Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

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

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…

September 3rd, 2017

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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…

August 13th, 2017

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