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

Gardening gifts for Christmas 2020 for around £30 or less

Gardening gifts for Christmas 2020 for around £30 or less

November 22nd, 2020 Posted In: Decorations/parties


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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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


5 ways to use garden planters (plus potscaping tips)

As I was photographing Diane and Robbie Perry’s garden in Kent, I admired the way they use garden planters to add punctuation and colour. They’ve used garden pots in five…

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September 20th, 2020

Posted In: Container gardening


Choosing and using a garden shredder

What do you do with garden waste?

What to do with garden waste – bags, incinerator, composting and garden shredders. Plus tips on choosing and using the best garden shredder.

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September 6th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


How to grow and pick alstroemerias for endless flowers

Alstroemerias are very easy to grow. They flower from May to November in a UK garden and even longer in some other countries. ‘They’ll flower all year round if you…

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August 30th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


What to plant in a coastal garden…

Coastal garden plants are beautiful, easy-care and very resilient. If your garden is dry or windy and has poor soil, then plants which grow naturally in coastal areas will work…

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August 23rd, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


From garage to garden room

Easy budget makeover – from garage to garden room

Francine Raymond, Daily Telegraph gardening writer and author, recently turned her garage into a stylish garden room and potting shed. And she did it on a minimum spend, without losing…

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August 16th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living