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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

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


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


Small garden planting ideas

10 small garden planting ideas that really work

Small garden planting ideas that really work! How to choose and place plants to make your garden feel bigger and more beautiful. And why planting that works in larger gardens sometimes doesn’t work in smaller ones.

August 25th, 2019

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Planting ideas for small gardens

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens

Border planting ideas for small gardens. What works well in a limited space and why it’s often different for larger gardens. How to choose and combine plants to make your garden gorgeous.

August 18th, 2019

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The garden in three zones, divided by planting

The secrets of contemporary garden design (on the cheap!)

Garden designer Jane Beedle has turned her own muddy back yard into a stylish, colourful contemporary garden in just four months. All on a tight budget. You may know her…

August 11th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Old stone steps at Gravetye Manor

What you need to know about garden steps

How high your garden steps should be, how deep, which materials to choose and garden step ideas from traditional and contemporary gardens.

July 21st, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Garden sculpture by Chihuly at Kew Gardens

Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration

Garden designer and BBC presenter Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration from everything around you – from great gardens like Kew to global issues and trends in fashion,

July 14th, 2019

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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

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


Self-seeded alliums and euphorbia

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balance?

Self-seeding plants are today’s top trend. They’re free and easy-care. But do you get more weeds if you allow plants to self-sow? Find out how to balance self-seeders vs weeds in your own gardening style.

June 23rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco


Summer garden colour tips #garden #gardenideas

How friends and lovers improve your summer garden colour

Summer garden colour from artist Liz Bradley’s English country garden. Plus how Chagall’s ‘friends and lovers’ colour theory helps you choose colours for your own garden.

June 9th, 2019

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