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Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

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…

August 12th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Vintage French chairs

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

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…

August 5th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Why a small garden needs a big idea

Why a successful 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…

July 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Plants which are fine in a windy garden will self-seed and spread

The best windy garden plants and solutions

I’ve recently been asked about plants and solutions for a windy garden. Even if you don’t have a windy garden, you probably have a windy spot. Our walled garden gets…

July 15th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country


We kept this shed makeover simple

How to upcycle and organise the shed

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…

July 1st, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Sheds/sanctuaries


Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

Whitstable Open Gardens is held every year in June for the NGS. But even if you’re nowhere near Kent, let me treat you to a few of the summery seaside garden…

June 3rd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


A seashell garden path is easy to lay yourself, inexpensive and eco-friendly

A seashell garden path – is it the best and most attractive option?

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…

May 13th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening on a budget


Monty Don 'Down to Earth' book launch

Review: Monty Don’s new book ‘Down To Earth’

Monty Don’s new book, Down to Earth, has lots of good practical advice, but it isn’t a ‘how to.’ Down to Earth is about Monty’s personal gardening philosophy, and what…

October 8th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Shop


2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

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…

September 17th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design


Crochet plastic rug used as shade awning

12 crazy (but fabulous) garden ideas from Spain

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…

August 27th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living


Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

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

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…

August 20th, 2017

Posted In: 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…

August 13th, 2017

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design