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

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – what it means for your garden

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show or 'Chelsea', as it's known in the gardening world, is our Fashion Week. [caption id="attachment_8931" align="alignnone" width="400"] Chris Beardshaw's design for Morgan Stanley and the…

May 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design

A seashell garden path – is it the best and most attractive option?

A seashell garden path is easy to lay yourself, inexpensive and eco-friendly

A seashell garden path is probably the most environmentally friendly path option you can choose. It's relatively cheap and you can lay it yourself. And it's not just for 'seaside…

May 13th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening on a budget

A shady border – the best (and easiest) part of your garden?

Shady border tips

My shady border is probably better for longer than anywhere else in the garden. Although I do far less work in it - less planting and weeding - than I…

May 6th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Which are the best gardening gloves?

How to buy the best gardening gloves #gardening #gardentips

As a garden blogger, I'm often given free gardening gloves to review. However, I also buy them, because not all gardening gloves are the same. There are very big differences…

April 29th, 2018 - Shop

New directions in garden privacy screens

Garden privacy screens have really changed alot in the last few years. There are lots of new, exciting designs. As more houses are built, gardens get smaller and more overlooked.…

April 22nd, 2018 - Garden design, Town gardens

Garden ideas from the Ascot Garden Show

Ascot Garden Show media pass

I've just been to the Ascot Garden Show, England's newest garden show (held 13th-15th April). It can't be easy to start a garden show from scratch, but the Ascot Garden…

April 15th, 2018 - Garden travel

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

Edible daylilies and more exciting plants you can eat from Incredible Edibles by Matthew Biggs

'Daylilies are edible' I said to our guests. 'So we're going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.' Everyone was very positive (although they may have been secretly…

April 8th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

How to deal with frost damaged plants

Here in the South East (of England), we're assessing the winter damage to our gardens. The real problems weren't caused by the snow, freezing winds or low temperatures of late…

April 1st, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man? Why you need to know…

I didn't know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a garden with trees.…

March 25th, 2018 - Gardening know how

A new look at the March garden…

The March garden

What do you imagine to be the essence of a  'March garden'? January and February stand for frosts, snowdrops, the brilliant colours of cornus stems and even the last remaining…

March 18th, 2018 - Garden design, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

How to make natural plant supports from clippings

I've seen other people make natural plant supports from clippings. But not being a very handy person, I hadn't thought of actually trying it myself. However, I can now reveal…

March 11th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Vintage & thrift

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

Canna Torch Song

I've always been slightly nervous of buying 'unusual plants.' Maybe they're just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? [caption id="attachment_8517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nandina domestica 'Richmond' is a variant…

March 4th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens