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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

Inspiring indoor garden pot and planter ideas

It can be difficult to find the right indoor garden pot for your newly fashionable house plant. The chain stores, such as B&Q and Ikea, do a good line in white china indoor garden pots,…

February 17th, 2018 - Container gardening, Garden trends & design

YouTube gardening – discover a new world of garden gurus…

Youtube gardening - who to follow

YouTube gardening videos are a very useful resource. If you want to know how to prune roses, make a raised bed or plant potatoes, seeing it on video is fast, easy and free. 'Let's YouTube…

February 4th, 2018 - Garden trends & design

What is ‘re-wilding’ and why does it matter to you?

I first heard the term 're-wilding' at Glee 2017, the horticultural trades show. It's one of the big new trends in gardening. It means appreciating, re-introducing or conserving the wild plants, animals and bugs that…

January 21st, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco

Natural dye from your garden – beautiful, creative and easy

Yasmin Hossain makes natural dye from garden plants. She uses it to dye beautiful silk and wool fabrics. And I believe that grow-your-own dyes from garden plants is a trend that will grow enormously in…

January 14th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own, Wildlife & eco

The best of 2017 in middlesized gardening…

Best of 2017

To wish you 'happy Christmas', here is 'the best of 2017' - the most popular posts published in 2017 in the Middlesized Garden, plus my favourite photographs. And there are two last minute gift suggestions…

December 17th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Gardening on a budget

2018 garden trends – what’s new for your garden

2018 garden trends include the macrame hanging planter

I've been taking a sneak peek at the 2018 garden trends . I spent two days at GLEE, the exhibition where the gardening industry displays or discovers next year's garden plants, equipment and ideas. We…

September 17th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design

Le Jardin Agapanthe – love it or hate it, but don’t miss it!

Over-sized gates create a majestic entrance

You will love Le Jardin Agapanthe in Normandy, France. Or you will hate it. But it's not like most other gardens you'll visit. There are no lawns, borders or views (although plenty of focal points). Le…

September 3rd, 2017 - Garden design, Garden travel, Garden trends & design

How to style your garden – smart tips and finishing touches.

'Style your garden' doesn't mean exactly the same as 'design your garden.' Designing a garden is about choosing a theme, then planning the hard landscaping and planting. Styling is about making sure it all works…

August 13th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Vintage & thrift

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

exotic garden in the English countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle's middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is just three years old. But it's already opening for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs the beautiful Salutation garden in…

August 6th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

How important is your garden path?

S shaped garden paths for long, thin gardens

I visited a beautifully planted garden last year, but it was spoilt by its garden path. The garden owner clearly didn't care about her garden paths. She poured all her time and money into creating…

July 30th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

Which hedge is right for my garden?

A friend recently asked me which hedge she should choose for her garden. It's a bit like being asked for the answer to world peace. It's rather a big question. [caption id="attachment_7092" align="alignnone" width="600"] Garden…

July 23rd, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens