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How to make your garden different with unusual plants

I’ve always been slightly nervous of buying ‘unusual plants.’ Maybe they’re just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? If you’re new to gardening, you will often be advised…

March 4th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I’m creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which…

February 11th, 2018

Posted In: Grow-your-own, Middlesized country


Country garden ideas and inspiration from this beautiful classic English country garden #gardening #Englishcountrygarden

8 inspiring ideas from a stunning English country garden

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 holds the annual…

July 10th, 2016

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


Cotinus and cow parsley

How to renovate a garden without losing its magic

Would you renovate a garden over a couple of years? Or would you just call in the diggers and start again from scratch? Warning! You may miss out if you…

June 12th, 2016

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country


Stipa tenuissima spring foliage

Foliage – the forgotten secret of spring garden success

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…

May 8th, 2016

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


How to get the landscaping right in your garden

12 professional insider tips for landscaping your garden

Landscaping is the most expensive element in your garden. And it’s the hardest part to get right. I went round a stunningly planted private garden last summer, which was almost…

March 13th, 2016

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


How to create a family garden

How to create a family garden – 14 child-friendly garden ideas

What does the term ‘child-friendly garden’ mean to you? Does a family garden have to have lots of colourful plastic and a bald lawn? You can have a garden that both…

February 28th, 2016

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


Use seeds as a cheap, easy way of filling gaps

How to revive your garden

You can revive your garden without spending too much money. Do you look out of your window and feel your garden has lost its sparkle? Or maybe you’ve moved house,…

February 14th, 2016

Posted In: Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Tips for confident, successful gardening

Gardening for busy people – how to create a sensational garden in your spare time

Are you one of those busy people who goes to work in the dark – then come back in the dark – for around six months of the year? Does…

January 31st, 2016

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country


Take a new look at unfashionable roses

9 things to do differently in the garden this year

What will you be doing differently in the garden next year? I’ve looked back over the pictures and interviews of last year to see what new tips, directions and ideas…

January 4th, 2016

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


Water butts help save water

15 questions you need to ask about guilt-free ‘green’ gardening

You may be surprised to discover than gardening is not the same as ‘green’ gardening. Do you – as an ‘ordinary gardener’ – feel guilty about spraying your plants with…

October 4th, 2015

Posted In: Middlesized country, Town gardens, Wildlife & eco