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11 ideas from RHS Chelsea 2022 that work beautifully in real gardens

11 ideas from RHS Chelsea 2022 that work beautifully in real gardens

May 24th, 2022 Posted In: Garden trends & design


Show gardens aren’t real gardens. You visit a show like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 to be inspired and uplifted. Or perhaps even to disagree about what does and…

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Early summer gardening jobs include pruning wisteria

Early summer gardening checklist

Here is an early summer gardening checklist, followed by suggestions on how you can make this as easy as possible. Weed paths and borders Decide where you can tolerate weeds,…

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May 21st, 2022

Posted In: Gardening know how


Link indoor and outdoor spaces with rugs

How to connect your indoor and outdoor space successfully

How to connect your indoor and outdoor space – use colour, materials and plants to create a seamless link between your house and garden

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May 15th, 2022

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Group pots to create a border

How to group pots – plus practical tips for fabulous container planting

How to group pots to create a beautiful ‘border’ – you can switch it round, take it with you and have maximum colour every season

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April 30th, 2022

Posted In: Garden style & living


Answers to spring gardening questions

Answers to the 5 top spring gardening questions

Here are answers to the 5 most common spring gardening questions. I prefer not to specify a month, because the trouble with ‘Gardening tips for April (or whatever month)’ is…

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April 24th, 2022

Posted In: Gardening know how


Wild Your Garden book

5 easy wildlife garden tips – they’ll really make a difference

Easy wildlife garden tips – simple things you can do that will really make a difference – and your garden will look more beautiful, too

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April 16th, 2022

Posted In: Wildlife & eco


Naturalistic planting in a Michael McCoy garden

Naturalistic planting design – how to get it right in your garden

Naturalistic planting design is based on choosing plants that grow well in your area, then repeating them to create a natural rhythm. Because the plants grow easily, it’s low maintenance…

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April 9th, 2022

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Sedum and succulents

Cottage garden mashup – how to adapt English cottage style to your own garden

A cottage garden mashup means taking the elements of English cottage garden style and mixing it with your own local plants to create a garden that’s unique to you. I…

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April 2nd, 2022

Posted In: Garden style & living


Persciaria 'Indian Summer'

5 top perennials you may not have thought of

When I was asked to name 5 top perennials by Rachel of the YouTube channel Gardening at Douenza, I decided they must be long-flowering and easy to grow. I decided…

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March 24th, 2022

Posted In: Gardening know how


A succulent green roof

Don’t hide an ugly shed! Make it look beautiful instead.

Customers often ask plant grower Stephen Ryan for a ‘fast-growing climber to hide an ugly shed.’ His reply is: ‘You don’t need to have an ugly shed.’ He points out…

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March 19th, 2022

Posted In: Sheds/sanctuaries


Renovate a garden

8 important things to consider when renovating a larger garden

People often ask me what to do with a larger garden, especially if they’ve recently moved in and inherited someone else’s garden. And although this is the Middlesized Garden blog,…

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March 12th, 2022

Posted In: Garden trends & design


Pruning hydrangeas - mopheads and lacecaps

The really easy guide to pruning hydrangeas

Confused by contradictory advice on how and when to prune hydrangeas? This post makes it easy to achieve beautiful blooms year after year.

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February 19th, 2022

Posted In: Gardening know how


Let go of perfection - some nibbled leaves are fine

Controlling slugs and snails – start NOW for summer success

How do you stop your plants from being eaten by slugs and snails? Here on the Middlesized Garden, I often interview top professional gardeners to find out what really works…

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February 12th, 2022

Posted In: Gardening know how