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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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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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Topiary and emerging foliage in the May garden

The late spring garden tour of the Middlesized Garden

I’d like to take you on a late spring garden tour, because May is such a beautiful month in the garden. And I have some recommendations for good garden plants…

May 3rd, 2020

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How to increase your garden privacy

3 top garden privacy tips – how to make your garden look and feel more private!

April 12th, 2020

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Tamsin Westhorpe of Stockton Bury Gardens

What is a modern country gardener?

Tamsin Westhorpe, author of Diary of a Modern Country Gardener, talks about how garden visiting and garden tools have changed for the better

March 15th, 2020

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Veg patch surrounded by roses.

Garden inspiration from a medium sized garden

This is the second of two posts on inspiration from a medium sized garden. The first post was about a garden designed by the late Grant Saltmarsh, updated for the…

February 23rd, 2020

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Growing cut flowers at Country Lane Flowers in Kent

How to make money from your garden – growing cut flowers

Sue Oriel has started a business growing cut flowers to sell from her garden. It’s called Country Lane Flowers, which she runs with her friend and neighbour Stephanie Bates. And…

September 15th, 2019

Posted In: Garden style & living, Grow-your-own, Middlesized country


The Cancer Research Garden designed as a circular garden

Curved gardens are back in a big way

Curved garden designs can make your garden feel more private or seem bigger. Discover ideas for curved garden paths, borders and arches from the show gardens at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.

July 7th, 2019

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Grasses and reclaimed industrial materials in the High Line garden

13 beautiful ideas for your garden from BBC Gardeners World Live 2019

I’ve seen a number of really pretty ideas for your garden at BBC Gardeners World Live. What about trying naturalistic, all-green or cottage garden planting schemes? Do you fancy clever…

June 16th, 2019

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