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Recycle furniture for a pretty garden

How to make a pretty garden on a budget – ideas from BBC Gardeners World Live

If you want a pretty garden – on a budget – now is a brilliant time to find inspiration. The garden design ideas at BBC Gardeners World Live, currently on…

June 16th, 2022

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Renovate roses in a neglected garden

Where do you start with a neglected garden?

When Natalie and Mike Newman first saw their house, they were attracted by the neglected garden almost more than the house itself. It was probably laid out in Victorian or…

June 11th, 2022

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Use colour to create impact in a small space

10 balcony garden ideas – create your perfect haven

10 things you need to know when creating a beautiful balcony garden. Practical tips and inspiration from award-winning balconies.

June 4th, 2022

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Andy Sturgeon curved walls

11 ideas from RHS Chelsea 2022 that work beautifully in real gardens

Show gardens aren’t real gardens. You visit a show like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 to be inspired and uplifted. Or perhaps even to disagree about what does and…

May 24th, 2022

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Link indoor and outdoor spaces with rugs

How to connect your indoor and outdoor space successfully

How to connect your indoor and outdoor space – use colour, materials and plants to create a seamless link between your house and garden

May 15th, 2022

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Naturalistic planting in a Michael McCoy garden

Naturalistic planting design – how to get it right in your garden

Naturalistic planting design is based on choosing plants that grow well in your area, then repeating them to create a natural rhythm. Because the plants grow easily, it’s low maintenance…

April 9th, 2022

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Renovate a garden

8 important things to consider when renovating a larger garden

People often ask me what to do with a larger garden, especially if they’ve recently moved in and inherited someone else’s garden. And although this is the Middlesized Garden blog,…

March 12th, 2022

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Begonia sutherlandii

Indoor outdoor plants: 9 garden plants that also thrive as house plants

Indoor outdoor plants are plants you can grow in winter as house plants, then move out onto your terrace or garden when the warmer weather comes. If you don’t have…

December 4th, 2021

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Seating areas in a garden

How to design a garden

How do you design a garden if you’re not a garden designer? Not only do you want the most beautiful garden possible, but you also need to avoid making expensive…

October 23rd, 2021

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Parterre overlooking Norwich Cathedral

A clever evergreen garden with a touch of grandeur

Tips and ideas from an evergreen garden which looks good all year round. Easy-care ideas for hedges, topiary, evergreen borders and ornaments.

October 16th, 2021

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Colocasia 'Pink China'

The new jungle garden – how to create a lush, contemporary haven

The jungle garden look takes the contemporary, lush layers of today’s houseplant-filled interiors out into the garden. That’s according to a new book, The Jungle Garden by Philip Oostenbrink. I’ve…

October 9th, 2021

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Dahlia Lovely Eyes Loulou and Verbena bonariensis.

What you need to know to create an outstanding perennial border

I’ve asked top gardeners Steve Edney and Louise Dowle for their tips on how to create an outstanding perennial border. They’ve just created one of the longest herbaceous borders in…

September 4th, 2021

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