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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

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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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Online garden talks

Online garden talks – the new way to enjoy gardening

Online garden talks are an enjoyable and informative way to discover the expertise of top gardening experts. And you can ask questions. They are the 21st century gardening club experience,…

January 13th, 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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Shed storage for narrow gardens

North facing garden tips – how to make the most of your space

I’ve just visited a narrow north facing garden with some charming thin garden ideas and a wildlife friendly focus. It’s also on a slope – so the garden conditions could…

July 26th, 2020

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Growing roses – expert tips from Hever Castle rose garden

Hever Castle is famous for growing roses. It has more than 4,000 of them. So I asked head gardener, Neil Miller for his best tips on growing roses in our…

July 19th, 2020

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Planting for Butterflies

Why you need a butterfly garden – and how to plant it

Have you considered planting your borders as a ‘butterfly garden?’ We all know it’s important to support bees, because the decline in pollinating insects is potentially such a threat to…

June 28th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living, Wildlife & eco


Wooden bench at Doddington Place Gardens

English country garden style – what it is and how to achieve it

English country garden style is loved all over the world. But many beautiful ‘English country’ gardens are not even in England. So it can be quite a difficult style to…

June 21st, 2020

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Sue Oriel's cottage garden

What is cottage garden style? And how to achieve it…

Cottage garden style means a colourful mix of flowers, packed in together with herbs and edibles. It is relaxed and pretty – but are there secrets or rules you need…

June 14th, 2020

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Verbascum 'Copper Rose'

10 beautiful pink flowers for your summer garden

Pink flowers are at the heart of my summer garden colour. While editing my photos for my summer garden tour, I noticed that the most beautiful plants and plant combinations…

May 31st, 2020

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