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

Should you do No Mow May? The pros and cons…

Should you do No Mow May? The pros and cons…

April 15th, 2024 Posted In: Wildlife & eco


The basic idea of No Mow May is simple. Just don’t mow your lawn in May, which allows some wildflowers and weeds to bloom. This – along with longer grasses…

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Blue gate at Stonefields garden

Paul Bangay – garden design inspiration and a new book

Paul Bangay is a top international garden designer, and has designed gardens all over the world. And he has described his own garden, Stonefields, as being the sum of all…

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March 30th, 2024

Posted In: Garden style & living


Sloping garden border

Sloping garden solutions – the real truth about gardening successfully on a slope

You don’t have to buy special plants if you have a sloping garden. With these tips, you can create beautiful borders on any kind of slope.

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March 9th, 2024

Posted In: Gardening know how


Best shady garden ideas

Shade gardening – how to choose perfect shady garden plants

You need to know what sort of shade you have before you buy plants for a shady garden. Here are the tips and plants to transform your plot.

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March 1st, 2024

Posted In: Gardening know how


A modern twist on an old favourite - easy cottage garden plants planted in contemporary 'drifts'

Contemporary cottage garden style – the power of the 70/30 rule

How to achieve the prettiest contemporary cottage garden style – and why the 70/30 rule will make your planting so much more successful.

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February 24th, 2024

Posted In: Garden style & living


Shady corner with vintage seating

10 simple ideas for neglected or difficult garden areas

Simple ideas for revamping a neglected or difficult garden area – look at your garden in a different way and re-use what you already have

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January 26th, 2024

Posted In: Garden style & living


A pergola for the centre of the garden

10 beautiful garden ideas for different parts of the garden

Beautiful garden ideas for different parts of the garden – find out what to do close to the house or in the middle of the garden

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January 13th, 2024

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Silver birches need careful pruning - don't cut too much off

Top tips for trees – what you really need to know before you prune your trees

When you prune your trees, it’s important to know which ones can be reduced in height and how – or you could end up with even bigger trees!

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November 25th, 2023

Posted In: Gardening know how


Leave the leaves!

Leave the leaves – the new, easy way to deal with autumn gardens

Make autumn gardening easier by finding out where you can leave the leaves! There’s often no need to spend hours raking or blowing them.

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November 19th, 2023

Posted In: Wildlife & eco


Great Dixter - a garden that looks good and supports wildlife.

7 lessons from Great Dixter, a garden that supports wildlife and looks gorgeous

You don’t need a ‘wild-looking’ garden to support wildlife. Brilliant, beautiful Great Dixter Garden shows that variety is the key.

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October 28th, 2023

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Essential border maintenance for spring and autumn

Brilliant border maintenance – what to do now for next summer’s success

Garden border maintenance in both autumn and spring is mainly about the plants. Summer and early autumn is for dead-heading. Weeding goes on all year round if you have a…

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October 14th, 2023

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Asters are top autumn flowering perennials

10 top autumn garden tips and plants

Six leading plant growers share their top autumn garden tips and recommend the best plants for flowering now

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September 30th, 2023

Posted In: Gardening know how


Small garden folly ideas

Garden ruins and follies add more to your garden than you think!

Garden ruins and follies are ornamental – but they can also be focal points, divide up space, create a micro-climate for plants and more

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September 10th, 2023

Posted In: Garden trends & design