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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

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

I've been taking a sneak peek at the 2018 garden trends . I spent two days at GLEE, the exhibition where the gardening industry displays or discovers next year's garden plants, equipment and ideas. We…

September 17th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

Garden ideas picked up from holidays abroad have inspired garden designers for years. Every year, there are several award-winning RHS show gardens based on places we visit, from Provence to the Yorkshire moors. Some garden…

August 27th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden travel

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his team, Garden Club London, specialise…

August 20th, 2017 - Container gardening, Garden style & living, Town gardens

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about making sure it all works…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Vintage & thrift