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Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in. ('Recently' in garden terms can be years, as we often do the work on…

October 14th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Which garden tree is absolutely perfect for you?

Autumn colour trees

How to choose the right garden tree? I think we all dither over this because trees seem like such a big purchase. More like buying a sofa than buying a vase, for example. [caption id="attachment_9798"…

September 30th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how

The best professional tips for late summer garden colour

Exotic colours and shapes - persicaria at the Salutation

Have you run out of gardening steam by the time you get to the late summer garden? I know I do, which is why it's so inspiring to visit a top professional garden, such as…

September 9th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

No dig flower borders

I've always wondered about 'no dig flower borders' for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg and no dig flower borders…

September 2nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden is a bit of a mixed bag. August has been called 'the Sunday of summer', and there's a lazy, idle feeling about the garden at the moment, which I will…

August 12th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Vintage French chairs

Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit. A bench can be a focal point, work like a piece of sculpture, can punctuate a hedge or lawn or be a place…

August 5th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

Why a small garden needs a big idea

A small garden needs a big idea. You can let a larger garden evolve - and by 'larger' I mean any garden more than about 100ft long or quarter of an acre. [caption id="attachment_9437" align="alignnone"…

July 22nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

The best windy garden plants and solutions

Plants which are fine in a windy garden will self-seed and spread

I’ve recently been asked about plants and solutions for a windy garden. [caption id="attachment_9359" align="alignnone" width="400"] Sue Marling and Fay Sweet's Suffolk garden is in a windy area, but it is colourful and feels sheltered.…

July 15th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country

How to upcycle and organise the shed

We kept this shed makeover simple

I've been meaning to organise the shed for years. It was cold, messy and full of clutter, with nowhere to put anything. So seeds and tools started to spread around the house. [caption id="attachment_9214" align="alignnone"…

July 1st, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

Whitstable Open Gardens is held every year in June for the NGS. [caption id="attachment_9030" align="alignnone" width="400"] Wildflowers on Joy Lane beach at sunset. There are two gardens in Joy Lane in Whitstable Open Gardens.[/caption] But even…

June 3rd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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 gardens', either. [caption id="attachment_8867" align="alignnone"…

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

Review: Monty Don’s new book ‘Down To Earth’

Monty Don 'Down to Earth' book launch

Monty Don's new book, Down to Earth, has lots of good practical advice, but it isn't a 'how to.' [caption id="attachment_7652" align="alignnone" width="600"] Monty Don's new book, 'Down To Earth', at its launch on the…

October 8th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Shop