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10 shady garden corner ideas to love – and two to avoid!

10 shady garden corner ideas to love – and two to avoid!

January 24th, 2021 Posted In: Garden trends & design


How to make a shady garden corner work for your garden. Find out the pros and cons of using the space for a shed, greenhouse, pergola or more.

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Online garden talks

Online garden talks – the new way to enjoy gardening

Online garden talks are an enjoyable and informative way to discover the expertise of top gardening experts. And you can ask questions. They are the 21st century gardening club experience,…

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January 13th, 2021

Posted In: Garden style & living


Hebes and euphorbia with bulbs

How to plan a truly successful flower border

The start of the year is a good time to plan a flower border. So I’ve asked three brilliant garden designers – Lee Burkill of Garden Ninja, Jack Wallington and…

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January 10th, 2021

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Christmas table decorations

Christmas table decorations from the garden – quick, easy & thrifty

I’ve just been doing two Christmas table decorations with garden designer and baking star Jane Beedle. Created from foraged seed heads and garden greenery, they each took less than ten…

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December 6th, 2020

Posted In: Decorations/parties


Winter pots – really useful tips!

Did you know that planting winter pots is a little different from planting summer pots? And that’s not just because the plants need to be winter-hardy. So I went to…

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November 29th, 2020

Posted In: Container gardening


Gardening books for Christmas

Gardening gifts for Christmas 2020 for around £30 or less

Christmas 2020 has two strong themes. One is online shopping and the other is supporting local businesses. And this is also a year when many people have taken up gardening….

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November 22nd, 2020

Posted In: Decorations/parties


Bird boxes

Wildlife friendly garden tips

A wildlife friendly garden is an important part of sustainable living today. Urban gardens have a real part to play. I’ve been talking to Fern Alder, an award winning garden…

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November 15th, 2020

Posted In: Wildlife & eco


Colourful cornus

Six top shrubs for late season colour

Six easy-to-grow and brilliantly beautiful shrubs for late season colour, recommended by head gardener Tom Coward of Gravetye Manor Hotel.

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November 1st, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


Growing conditions for acers

How to choose and plant a garden tree for brilliant autumn colour

Confused by the huge choice of small garden trees for autumn colour? Head gardener Stephen Herrington, of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, explains how to choose and plant the right tree.

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October 25th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


Alternatives to box for simple topiary

The three best alternatives to box for simple topiary

There are only a few good alternatives to box (English boxwood or Buxus sempervirens) for topiary. But I have just visited a delightful private garden in Kent which shows off…

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October 18th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Your autumn gardening strategy

Autumn gardening, these days, starts with planting next summer’s perennials, trees and shrubs. I’ve interviewed some wonderful head gardeners this year, such as Asa Gregors-Warg at the Beth Chatto Gardens,…

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October 11th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how, Town gardens


Parasols garden sculpture by Richard Cresswell

Where to place sculpture and garden ornaments

Garden ornaments – garden art, sculpture and decorations – can lift your garden to a whole new level. They make your garden look good in all seasons, particularly in winter….

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October 4th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design


American Gardens and Royal Gardens of the World

Two fascinating new books about gardens everyone should read

American Gardens by Monty Don and Royal Gardens of the World by Mark Lane cover some of the most influential gardens in the world. They place gardening in a historical, political and economic context.

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September 24th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living