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The Great Dixter Plant Fairs – at the heart of the garden community

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs – at the heart of the garden community

October 13th, 2019 Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


The Great Dixter Plant Fairs are a brilliant place to buy the best and most unusual plants. And they are also where professional horticulturalists and amateur garden lovers connect. Even…

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Variegated evergreen yucca in a pot

10 easy care evergreen pots for year round impact

For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact. But they need very little care and put up with a…

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October 6th, 2019

Posted In: Container gardening


Blue hydrangeas grow in acid soil

Everything you need to know about growing hydrangeas

Growing hydrangeas is a no-brainer if you want a garden with year-round interest. They flower from mid-summer until the end of the year. And in autumn, some hydrangeas have brilliant…

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September 29th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Growing cut flowers at Country Lane Flowers in Kent

How to make money from your garden – growing cut flowers

Sue Oriel has started a business growing cut flowers to sell from her garden. It’s called Country Lane Flowers, which she runs with her friend and neighbour Stephanie Bates. And…

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September 15th, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Grow-your-own, Middlesized country


Kiftsgate rose on wall

Possibly the greatest gardening mistake you can make?

The worst gardening mistake you can make is not about planting. It’s not about pruning wrongly. Nor is it about failing to do something, like aerate the lawn or net…

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September 4th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Growing dahlias – everything you need to know

Answers to questions about growing dahlias from dahlia expert Steven Edney, head gardener at The Salutation Hotel & Gardens. When to plant dahlias, how to look after them, how to plant them, which plants grow well with dahlias and how to choose dahlias.

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September 1st, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Small garden planting ideas

10 small garden planting ideas that really work

Small garden planting ideas that really work! How to choose and place plants to make your garden feel bigger and more beautiful. And why planting that works in larger gardens sometimes doesn’t work in smaller ones.

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August 25th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens


Planting ideas for small gardens

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens

Border planting ideas for small gardens. What works well in a limited space and why it’s often different for larger gardens. How to choose and combine plants to make your garden gorgeous.

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August 18th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens


The garden in three zones, divided by planting

The secrets of contemporary garden design (on the cheap!)

Garden designer Jane Beedle has turned her own muddy back yard into a stylish, colourful contemporary garden in just four months. All on a tight budget. You may know her…

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August 11th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Plants that spread include day lilies

Plants that spread – the key to easy, successful gardening

Plants that spread can save you so much time and money. And they’re the plants that create colour in my garden from July to the first frosts. My top 10…

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August 4th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget


How to make comfrey or nettle tea for homemade fertilisers

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or nettle tea, made in a water butt Concentrated…

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July 28th, 2019

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco


Old stone steps at Gravetye Manor

What you need to know about garden steps

How high your garden steps should be, how deep, which materials to choose and garden step ideas from traditional and contemporary gardens.

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July 21st, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Garden sculpture by Chihuly at Kew Gardens

Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration

Garden designer and BBC presenter Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration from everything around you – from great gardens like Kew to global issues and trends in fashion,

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July 14th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design