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An orchard in the garden? You really do have the space!

How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

'Laura has an orchard in the garden,' said my friend, Rosie, over a gin-and-tonic. Firstly, Laura and Rosie live in the same street in the market town of Faversham. The road is mainly Victorian, with…

September 10th, 2017 - Grow-your-own, Town gardens

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his team, Garden Club London, specialise…

August 20th, 2017 - Container gardening, Garden style & living, Town gardens

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

11 charming small garden ideas on a budget

If asked for 'small garden ideas', I wouldn't normally start with advising you to plant a large cypress tree right in the middle of your  courtyard garden. But one of the great pleasures of helping…

June 4th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Town gardens, Vintage & thrift

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

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

How much food can you grow in a small urban garden?

How to grow food in a small urban garden

Could you double or treble the amount of food you grow in your small urban garden? I visited a garden recently which packs layers of fruit, vegetables and herbs into every corner of a small…

March 12th, 2017 - Grow-your-own, Town gardens

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 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens

10 inspiring plant ideas for a successful garden

Planting ideas to help you plan your garden

It's time to start writing down your plant ideas. As the summer ends, make a note of things you've loved in your garden and other people's. Use your notes and pictures to steer you through…

September 4th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

The absolutely best way to prune English lavender beautifully

Prune lavender well and it'll last longer

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, Town gardens