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National Garden Scheme sustainable garden designed by Tom Stuart Smith

Recycled garden ideas from RHS Chelsea 2024 – plus tips on how to find the bargains!

The best recycled garden ideas from the show gardens at RHS Chelsea plus how to achieve a sustainable, vintage effect in your own garden.

May 24th, 2024

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Blue gate at Stonefields garden

Paul Bangay – garden design inspiration and a new book

Paul Bangay is a top international garden designer, and has designed gardens all over the world. And he has described his own garden, Stonefields, as being the sum of all…

March 30th, 2024

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A modern twist on an old favourite - easy cottage garden plants planted in contemporary 'drifts'

Contemporary cottage garden style – the power of the 70/30 rule

How to achieve the prettiest contemporary cottage garden style – and why the 70/30 rule will make your planting so much more successful.

February 24th, 2024

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Shady corner with vintage seating

10 simple ideas for neglected or difficult garden areas

Simple ideas for revamping a neglected or difficult garden area – look at your garden in a different way and re-use what you already have

January 26th, 2024

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Reds and pinks in a border at the No Name Nursery in Kent

Brilliant garden border inspiration – how to choose colours, shapes & structure

If you’re re-vamping your garden border this year, I’ve picked out the best borders from the gardens featured on the Middlesized Garden. Plus there are key tips from their head…

January 28th, 2023

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How to choose the best garden furniture for you

How to choose the best garden furniture for your garden

How to choose garden furniture: should you get metal, wood, rattan or plastic? Second-hand or vintage? And when to buy.

January 11th, 2023

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Writing down your gardening goals will give you good ideas on how to improve your garden

10 gardening goals – and how to make sure you achieve them

If you write or say your gardening goals, you’re more likely to achieve the garden of your dreams. Here are 10 goals and how to achieve them.

December 31st, 2022

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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

April 30th, 2022

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden style & living

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…

April 2nd, 2022

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Spring garden path and bulbs

Feeling overwhelmed by your garden? 11 easy, practical solutions

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your garden, especially in late spring when plants and weeds are bursting into growth. The gardening to-do list at this time of year can…

May 1st, 2021

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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.

September 24th, 2020

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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…

August 16th, 2020

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