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7 water saving garden tips

7 easy, effective water saving garden tips

Why do you need water saving garden tips? You probably have rain drumming down on your roof at this very moment. However, we use 30-60% of our household water in…

April 7th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Find the right podcast for your plant passion

Why garden podcasts are the hot new trend…

How to find the garden podcast for your plant passion – with top podcasters The SodShow and On The Ledge, plus the hot new The Plant Based Podcast.

March 30th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Writing & blogging help


Stone or brick garden ponds for contemporary gardens

11 ideas from the best garden ponds I’ve seen

I’ve seen some beautiful garden ponds in both public and private gardens over the past few years. A garden pond is more than just ornamental – it’s key to sustaining…

March 10th, 2019

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Combine blue foliage and white stone sculpture #gardendesign

7 garden design ideas from four private gardens

Here are garden design ideas from four really beautiful private gardens, none of which are ever open to the public. They are in Southern Australia, an hour or so from…

March 3rd, 2019

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How to choose and grow cannas

Everything you need to know about growing cannas

Cannas are one of the most tropical-looking plants. They tap into today’s trend towards exotic gardens. But they can be grown in quite temperate climates. I asked Stephen Ryan, Australian…

February 24th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Town gardens


Where is the best place for the vegetable garden?

‘I’d like to know more about where you put your vegetable garden, and the utilitarian areas.’ This was a comment on the Middlesized Garden YouTube channel, after my January garden…

February 10th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Grow-your-own


Choosing a brick path

Garden path materials – the good, the bad and the beautiful

Garden path materials are usually a big investment, so it may be tempting to go for something cheap. But a beautiful garden path will make such a difference to your…

January 27th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Brilliant low-maintenance plants for fuss-free gardens

Brilliant low-maintenance plants for beautiful gardens

Low-maintenance plants are difficult to kill and look good in your garden for a long time. They don’t require complicated pruning or feeding regimes, and will forgive a little ignorance….

January 20th, 2019

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Mark Lane and accessible garden design

Accessible garden ideas – Mark Lane on gardens everyone can enjoy

Does an accessible garden only matter to people in wheelchairs? Or to the partially sighted, or to someone with a chronic illness? What about mothers with small children, or grannies…or…

October 21st, 2018

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


The urban garden is top of the 2019 garden trends

The top 2019 garden trends from GLEE

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. Products…

September 16th, 2018

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Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

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…

August 12th, 2018

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Vintage French chairs

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

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…

August 5th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens