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How to create a beautiful and unusual garden with a sense of place

How to create a beautiful and unusual garden with a sense of place

July 17th, 2021 Posted In: Garden trends & design


I’ve just visited a garden with a superb sense of place. But what is ‘sense of place’ in a garden? And how can it direct the design of your garden?…

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12 very attractive contemporary garden ideas from RHS Hampton Court

One of the main reasons for visiting a show like the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is to discover the best contemporary garden ideas. They don’t have to be…

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July 10th, 2021

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Geranium psilostenum

6 favourite perennial flowers that bloom all summer

If you can plant perennial flowers that bloom all summer, you’ll always have a beautiful border. Of course, we all want what Tom Brown of West Dean Gardens calls ‘the…

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July 3rd, 2021

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How to tweak your summer flower colour to perfection

Midsummer is a good time to tweak your flower colour. The extra steps you take now will keep your border looking good throughout the summer and into autumn. You put…

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June 26th, 2021

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Beautiful borders

How to create stunning garden borders – 12 essential tips

Expert tips for planning and planting beautiful garden borders from award-winning head gardener Tom Brown of West Dean Gardens.

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June 12th, 2021

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Early summer garden tips

One of the odd things about early summer is that I always have to start thinking about what I should take out of my garden rather than what I need…

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June 5th, 2021

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Perennials made simple – how to choose and grow the best plants for your borders

Perennials are the main flowering element of a successful mixed border. So I went to one of the UK’s premier perennial plant nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, to talk to…

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May 29th, 2021

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10 low maintenance plants for an instant – but long-lasting – garden

I’ve been finding out about the ultimate low maintenance plants for an instant – yet long-lasting garden. And holiday homes really need easy-care gardens, because there’s so little time when…

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May 22nd, 2021

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How to create a beautiful and welcoming front garden

What to consider when creating a beautiful front garden – the architecture of your home, your gate, your colour scheme and low maintenance!

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May 15th, 2021

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Day lilies are edible.

What you need to know about edible flowers

Edible flowers have been one of the surprise successes of the last few years. However, many of us are suspicious of the idea of eating flowers, but they do look…

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May 8th, 2021

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Feeling overwhelmed by your garden? 11 easy, practical solutions

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your garden, especially in late spring when plants and weeds are bursting into growth. The gardening to-do list at this time of year can…

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May 1st, 2021

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


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How to choose plants for shade – for year round garden success

If you’re buying plants for shade, firstly think about what kind of shade you have in your garden. At least half your garden – wherever you live – is shady….

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April 24th, 2021

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How to grow tulips

How to plant and grow tulips for a stunning display

If you want to knock everyone’s socks off in spring, then you have to grow tulips. Tulips can do everything from exquisite good taste to a riot of carnival colours….

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April 17th, 2021

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