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Planting ideas for small gardens

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens

Border planting ideas for small gardens. What works well in a limited space and why it’s often different for larger gardens. How to choose and combine plants to make your garden gorgeous.

August 18th, 2019

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


The garden in three zones, divided by planting

The secrets of contemporary garden design (on the cheap!)

Garden designer Jane Beedle has turned her own muddy back yard into a stylish, colourful contemporary garden in just four months. All on a tight budget. You may know her…

August 11th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Old stone steps at Gravetye Manor

What you need to know about garden steps

How high your garden steps should be, how deep, which materials to choose and garden step ideas from traditional and contemporary gardens.

July 21st, 2019

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Garden sculpture by Chihuly at Kew Gardens

Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration

Garden designer and BBC presenter Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration from everything around you – from great gardens like Kew to global issues and trends in fashion,

July 14th, 2019

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The Cancer Research Garden designed as a circular garden

Curved gardens are back in a big way

Curved garden designs can make your garden feel more private or seem bigger. Discover ideas for curved garden paths, borders and arches from the show gardens at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.

July 7th, 2019

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


Self-seeded alliums and euphorbia

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balance?

Self-seeding plants are today’s top trend. They’re free and easy-care. But do you get more weeds if you allow plants to self-sow? Find out how to balance self-seeders vs weeds in your own gardening style.

June 23rd, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Wildlife & eco


Summer garden colour tips #garden #gardenideas

How friends and lovers improve your summer garden colour

Summer garden colour from artist Liz Bradley’s English country garden. Plus how Chagall’s ‘friends and lovers’ colour theory helps you choose colours for your own garden.

June 9th, 2019

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White wisteria arch at Gravetye Manor

Is Gravetye Manor the perfect English garden?

Is it possible to have a perfect ‘English garden?’ After all, wildness and imperfection is at the heart of the English garden concept. Gardens are like children. They’re each special…

June 2nd, 2019

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6 inspiring city garden ideas from London

A city garden is a breath of fresh air in a crowded environment. You can create a patch of green can be created in the most surprising places. I visited three…

May 26th, 2019

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


Small garden design inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

There is so much excellent small garden design inspiration at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Double decker gardens – make your garden twice as big by having two levels….

May 21st, 2019

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Plant trends 2019 - trees for small gardens

The top plant trends for your garden this year

How to choose the best plants for your garden in 2019 – the Middlesized Garden talks about plant trends with Hortus Loci, who supply more plants for RHS Chelsea Flower Show show gardens than any other grower. Find out why shrubs and grow-your-own are back and whether ‘naturalistic’ planting is still the designers’ choice.

April 28th, 2019

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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