if your garden is bigger than a courtyard, but smaller than an acre

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

Garden ideas picked up from holidays abroad have inspired garden designers for years. Every year, there are several award-winning RHS show gardens based on places we visit, from Provence to…

August 27th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

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…

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

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 - 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…

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…

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.…

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

How to turn a pergola into a simple gazebo.

We decided to turn a neglected pergola in the corner of the garden into a simple gazebo, in order to create an 'outside room.' It has a wonderful view of…

July 16th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Vintage & thrift

Children’s gardening – some really good and fun stuff

good children's tools

Children's gardening is perennially in the news. How can we encourage the young to be interested in gardening? Should we even try? I have a theory. If we go back…

July 9th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop

Garden party decorations – big parties on small budgets

Coloured glasses

I love garden party decorations. Flowers, bunting, lights...it's all such fun. This week we 're giving a party for my brother-in-law's big birthday. The middle-sized lawn is almost completely covered…

July 2nd, 2017 - Decorations/parties, Garden style & living

What colour should I paint my shed?

I have been debating the crucial issue of what colour to paint my shed. Painting your shed transforms your garden. And if I paint my shed, it'll also last longer.…

June 18th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Sheds/sanctuaries

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…

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

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…

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