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Beth Chatto gardens

How do you make a dry garden?

The UK’s most famous dry garden is at the Beth Chatto gardens in Essex. So I visited to talk to head gardener, Asa Gregers-Warg, about how to make a dry…

August 9th, 2020

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How to make a herbaceous border look amazing

A herbaceous border is at the heart of most grand gardens. In theory, if you want your borders to look continuously beautiful from May to October, you need skill, space…

August 2nd, 2020

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Shed storage for narrow gardens

North facing garden tips – how to make the most of your space

I’ve just visited a narrow north facing garden with some charming thin garden ideas and a wildlife friendly focus. It’s also on a slope – so the garden conditions could…

July 26th, 2020

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Sue Oriel's cottage garden

What is cottage garden style? And how to achieve it…

Cottage garden style means a colourful mix of flowers, packed in together with herbs and edibles. It is relaxed and pretty – but are there secrets or rules you need…

June 14th, 2020

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How to increase your garden privacy

3 top garden privacy tips – how to make your garden look and feel more private!

April 12th, 2020

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Where to plant spring bulbs + spring garden tour

Tips from Doddington Place Gardens on where to plant spring bulbs, how to choose your spring bulbs and what to do after they’ve flowered.

March 22nd, 2020

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bright yellow crocosmia from Hardys Plants.

2020 garden trends from the Garden Press Event

Discover the 2020 garden trends to make your garden more beautiful, easier to look after or more sustainable. Tips from experts at the Garden Press Event.

March 8th, 2020

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Veg patch surrounded by roses.

Garden inspiration from a medium sized garden

This is the second of two posts on inspiration from a medium sized garden. The first post was about a garden designed by the late Grant Saltmarsh, updated for the…

February 23rd, 2020

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Close up of dry garden planting

8 beautiful and unusual medium sized garden ideas

These are my favourite medium sized garden ideas from two private gardens I’ve just visited. Middle-sized gardens are often referred to as a ‘small gardens’ because ‘proper gardens’ are usually…

February 16th, 2020

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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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