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The top 2019 garden trends from GLEE

The urban garden is top of the 2019 garden trends

What do the 2019 garden trends mean for your garden? I've just visited Glee, the horticultural trades show in Birmingham. The future is looking good for us 'middle-sized' gardeners. [caption id="attachment_9715" align="alignnone" width="400"] The age…

September 16th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

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 the moment, which I will…

August 12th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Vintage French chairs

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 lawn or be a place…

August 5th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to create a garden for entertaining

How to create an outdoor kitchen in a garden for entertaining

I've just visited a dramatically gorgeous garden for entertaining - and it's also a plant-lover's heaven. [caption id="attachment_9449" align="alignnone" width="400"] Dan Cooper's lush and jungly garden for entertaining. It has shelter from the seaside breezes,…

July 29th, 2018 - Decorations/parties, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

Why a 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 an acre. [caption id="attachment_9437" align="alignnone"…

July 22nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to update your garden on a budget

Add zing to your garden with a vibrant flower, such as Dahlia Fashion Monger.

If you want to update your garden on a budget, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show has lots of good ideas. There are, of course, the top show gardens, where the budget is way over anything…

July 8th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

How to upcycle and organise the shed

We kept this shed makeover simple

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 the house. [caption id="attachment_9214" align="alignnone"…

July 1st, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Sheds/sanctuaries, Vintage & thrift

15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

Paint fences in town gardens

Do you like your town gardens beautifully designed? Or do you prefer the upcycled look? Where do you put your veg patch? It's always fascinating to see how different town gardens respond to the same…

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