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Espaliered fruit trees – the perfect solution for small spaces

How to grow espaliered fruit trees for your middle-sized garden

Espaliered fruit trees are probably the smartest trees to look at in winter, with their tailored elegance. [caption id="attachment_5755" align="alignnone" width="800"] As smart as anything from a Saville Row tailor - an espaliered pear at…

January 22nd, 2017 - Gardening know how

Is it time to change your mind about a chainsaw?

This weekend you may wish you had a chainsaw. Late winter is a good time to prune most trees,or you may still have your Christmas lying outside the back door, waiting to be disposed of.…

January 6th, 2017 - Gardening know how

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 - Gardening know how

How to avoid a garden shed disaster…

Tips on replacing and repairing sheds

Are you thinking of buying a new garden shed? Is your current garden shed looking tatty? Do you need more garden shed storage? We've been pondering these questions for the last ten months. I dithered…

October 16th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to deal with sudden tree death

How to deal with sudden tree death

Sudden tree death is a particular tragedy for small and middle-sized gardens. We only have a few trees and each one is special. We have a Cotinus coggygria 'Grace' which has grown to a height…

October 9th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to stop worrying and love your easy home-made compost

The easy way to make your own home-grown compost

Is there really such a thing as easy home-made compost? Don't you have to get the proportions right? And what about the long and complicated list of things you can and cannot put on the…

October 2nd, 2016 - Gardening know how

What you really need to know about evergreen hedges for privacy

How to choose and plant the perfect privacy hedge

There are many good reasons for choosing hedges for privacy. Evergreen hedges provide food and shelter for wildlife all year round. Like trees, they're good for the environment generally, because they improve air quality. And…

September 25th, 2016 - Gardening know how

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 - Gardening know how

The absolutely best way to prune English lavender beautifully

How to prune English lavender

I've been making a big mistake when I prune English lavender. I couldn't work out why next door's lavender is still healthy and bushy after fourteen years. Some of my lavender bushes have barely lasted…

August 28th, 2016 - Gardening know how

Fences for privacy – 9 great ideas for garden screening

Fences for privacy

Are you making the most of your fences for privacy and screening? Privacy is a big issue for middle-sized gardens, because high hedges and fences block light. But low hedges and fences mean you can…

August 21st, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to renovate a garden without losing its magic

Cotinus and cow parsley

Would you renovate a garden? Or would you just call in the diggers and start again from scratch? But you may miss out if you clear it completely. Garden maker Posy Gentles was asked to…

June 12th, 2016 - Gardening know how

How to plant a border like a pro

Show garden at Chelsea

It's time to plant a border. A whole border. I'm not just going to stuff a few plants in amongst the current design. I'm starting again from scratch. Of course, I dream of glorious borders…

May 15th, 2016 - Gardening know how