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How to choose a garden gate

How to choose a garden gate

January 26th, 2020 Posted In: Garden trends & design


What to think about when you’re looking for a new garden gate. How to choose a gate or have it tailored made for you. Plus garden gate ideas.

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Use easy topiary shapes as punctuation points

How to use easy topiary shapes in stylish ways

Easy topiary might seem like a contradiction in terms. Many of the great topiary gardens have lots of wonderful elaborate shapes that have taken years to grow. We amateur gardeners…

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January 19th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Conifers in the Lime Cross Nurseries garden

How conifers can transform your year-round garden

Conifers have had a bad reputation in the past. When Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told a group of Garden Media Guild journalists that he planned to use more conifers…

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January 12th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Front path with trees

Low maintenance front garden ideas – the myths and the truth

A good low maintenance front garden will lift your heart every time you open your front door. It’ll cheer up the neighbourhood, too – your front garden is part of…

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January 4th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


The middle-sized garden in frost

What you really need to know about gardening advice

Gardening advice isn’t just about finding out the facts. It’s not just about how to do things – like prune roses. It’s about finding your own gardening style and adapting…

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December 15th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


The rise and rise of the extra large wreath…

If you want a wreath for your wall or above your fireplace, then an extra large wreath will probably look better than the size normally used on front doors. I’ve…

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December 8th, 2019

Posted In: Decorations/parties


How to plant a winter window box

I asked garden designer and GBBO finalist Jane Beedle (@janebbakes on Instagram) for her tips on planting a winter window box. First we went along to a local plant nursery,…

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December 1st, 2019

Posted In: Container gardening


Do you really need pot feet in winter gardening?

Winter gardening – what NOT to do (or what not to worry about…)

I’ve been pulling together winter gardening tips with Erin Schanen who runs the excellent The Impatient Gardener channel on Youtube. On her channel, we give our top winter gardening ‘to…

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November 24th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how


Dahlia 'henriette' in 2017

How to care for your dahlias in winter

I never dig up my dahlias in winter. And I have grown dahlias – successfully – for fifteen years. But this year I am digging up the dahlias. All of…

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November 17th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how


Sunset in the Middlesized Garden

The feel-good November garden to-do list

Lets focus on the best things about the November garden. It’s a beautiful time of year, but it’s also sad as the old year creaks and flutters slowly to its…

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November 10th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how


Wire gabions in garden

How to save money on garden design

How to save money on garden design – tips from top garden designers, plus how to save money on paths, paving, landscaping, planting and more.

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November 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


How to decorate with indoor plants – latest trends

Decorate with indoor plants – how to arrange houseplants, where to put plants in the home, interior decorating with plants and best indoor plants to choose.

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October 27th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Jack Wallington and Wild About Weeds

The new approach to garden weeds and why you need it

I’ve been talking to garden designer and writer Jack Wallington about common garden weeds. His book, Wild About Weeds – Designing with Rebel Plants, published by Laurence King Publishing, aims…

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October 20th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how