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My best autumn trees for small gardens

Silver birch is a striking tree

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden. If I didn't have trees, there would be very little to look at.  And trees improve air quality and support wildlife. Their height gives a smaller…

November 25th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

My escape from fear to a healing garden

how to find a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk about my story of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and the…

November 11th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

This year's autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. [caption id="attachment_9946" align="alignnone" width="400"] The leaves of the Robinia frisia (False acacia) and the Cotinus coggyria 'Grace' are a splendid…

October 28th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Accessible garden ideas – Mark Lane on gardens everyone can enjoy

Mark Lane and accessible garden design

Does an accessible garden only matter to people in wheelchairs? Or to the partially sighted, or to someone with a chronic illness? What about mothers with small children, or grannies…or those who worry when paving…

October 21st, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

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