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Contemporary metal gate.

How to choose a garden gate

What to think about when you’re looking for a new garden gate. How to choose a gate or have it tailored made for you. Plus garden gate ideas.

January 26th, 2020

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Use easy topiary shapes as punctuation points

How to use easy topiary shapes in stylish ways

Easy topiary might seem like a contradiction in terms. Many of the great topiary gardens have lots of wonderful elaborate shapes that have taken years to grow. We amateur gardeners…

January 19th, 2020

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Conifers in the Lime Cross Nurseries garden

How conifers can transform your year-round garden

Conifers have had a bad reputation in the past. When Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told a group of Garden Media Guild journalists that he planned to use more conifers…

January 12th, 2020

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Front path with trees

Low maintenance front garden ideas – the myths and the truth

A good low maintenance front garden will lift your heart every time you open your front door. It’ll cheer up the neighbourhood, too – your front garden is part of…

January 4th, 2020

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The middle-sized garden in frost

What you really need to know about gardening advice

Gardening advice isn’t just about finding out the facts. It’s not just about how to do things – like prune roses. It’s about finding your own gardening style and adapting…

December 15th, 2019

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Wire gabions in garden

How to save money on garden design

How to save money on garden design – tips from top garden designers, plus how to save money on paths, paving, landscaping, planting and more.

November 3rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget


How to decorate with indoor plants – latest trends

Decorate with indoor plants – how to arrange houseplants, where to put plants in the home, interior decorating with plants and best indoor plants to choose.

October 27th, 2019

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Jack Wallington and Wild About Weeds

The new approach to garden weeds and why you need it

I’ve been talking to garden designer and writer Jack Wallington about common garden weeds. His book, Wild About Weeds – Designing with Rebel Plants, published by Laurence King Publishing, aims…

October 20th, 2019

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Stall holders at the Great Dixter Plant Fair

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs – at the heart of the garden community

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs are a brilliant place to buy the best and most unusual plants. And they are also where professional horticulturalists and amateur garden lovers connect. Even…

October 13th, 2019

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Blue hydrangeas grow in acid soil

Everything you need to know about growing hydrangeas

Growing hydrangeas is a no-brainer if you want a garden with year-round interest. They flower from mid-summer until the end of the year. And in autumn, some hydrangeas have brilliant…

September 29th, 2019

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Kiftsgate rose on wall

Possibly the greatest gardening mistake you can make?

The worst gardening mistake you can make is not about planting. It’s not about pruning wrongly. Nor is it about failing to do something, like aerate the lawn or net…

September 4th, 2019

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Growing dahlias – everything you need to know

Answers to questions about growing dahlias from dahlia expert Steven Edney, head gardener at The Salutation Hotel & Gardens. When to plant dahlias, how to look after them, how to plant them, which plants grow well with dahlias and how to choose dahlias.

September 1st, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens