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15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

Paint fences in town gardens

There are 29 town gardens open next weekend (June 24th 10am-5pm) for the Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day. There are also 25+ market stalls selling plants and gardenalia. The Market ends at 4pm.…

June 17th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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

How to start a successful garden from scratch

Starting a garden from scratch is both a challenge and  a privilege. When Sarah Langton-Lockton bought her 1920s house, the garden was overgrown to the point of dereliction. It all had to be cleared, except…

May 27th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Town gardens

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – what it means for your garden

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show or 'Chelsea', as it's known in the gardening world, is our Fashion Week. [caption id="attachment_8931" align="alignnone" width="400"] Chris Beardshaw's design for Morgan Stanley and the NSPCC - just a beautiful…

May 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design

Daylilies are edible – how to eat from your flowerbed

Edible daylilies and more exciting plants you can eat from Incredible Edibles by Matthew Biggs

'Daylilies are edible' I said to our guests. 'So we're going to dig some up this weekend and eat them.' Everyone was very positive (although they may have been secretly googling 'are daylilies edible?' behind…

April 8th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in white china indoor garden pots,…

February 17th, 2018 - Container gardening, Garden trends & design

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gurus…

Youtube gardening - who to follow

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video is fast, easy and free. 'Let's YouTube…

February 4th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term 're-wilding' at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It's one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild plants, animals and bugs that…

January 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend that will grow enormously in…

January 14th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

Best of 2017

To wish you 'happy Christmas', here is 'the best of 2017' - the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are two last minute gift suggestions…

December 17th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

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

Le Jardin Agapanthe – love it or hate it, but don’t miss it!

Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

You will love Le Jardin Agapanthe in Normandy, France. Or you will hate it. But it's not like most other gardens you'll visit. There are no lawns, borders or views (although plenty of focal points). Le…

September 3rd, 2017 - Garden design, Garden travel, Garden trends & design