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How to design a garden

How do you design a garden if you’re not a garden designer? Not only do you want the most beautiful garden possible, but you also need to avoid making expensive…

October 23rd, 2021

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Parterre overlooking Norwich Cathedral

A clever evergreen garden with a touch of grandeur

Tips and ideas from an evergreen garden which looks good all year round. Easy-care ideas for hedges, topiary, evergreen borders and ornaments.

October 16th, 2021

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Colocasia 'Pink China'

The new jungle garden – how to create a lush, contemporary haven

The jungle garden look takes the contemporary, lush layers of today’s houseplant-filled interiors out into the garden. That’s according to a new book, The Jungle Garden by Philip Oostenbrink. I’ve…

October 9th, 2021

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Dahlia Lovely Eyes Loulou and Verbena bonariensis.

What you need to know to create an outstanding perennial border

I’ve asked top gardeners Steve Edney and Louise Dowle for their tips on how to create an outstanding perennial border. They’ve just created one of the longest herbaceous borders in…

September 4th, 2021

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Woodland Fall garden use of colour

10 of the best new garden ideas from BBC Gardeners World Live

The garden shows are one of the best places to pick up new garden ideas. And BBC Gardeners World Live in Birmingham really focusses on encouraging those of us with…

August 28th, 2021

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Claus Dalby

Claus Dalby on how to create a wonderful display with dahlias in pots

Gardener, photographer and author Claus Dalby has a display of dahlias in  pots that look like a glorious herbaceous border. There must be several hundred pots massed together, with both…

August 7th, 2021

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Don't centre the garden

5 top garden design tips – and how to avoid two common mistakes!

Garden design tips to transform your outdoor space. Plus avoid the two common garden layout mistakes that most amateurs make!

July 31st, 2021

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Bench

How to create a beautiful and unusual garden with a sense of place

I’ve just visited a garden with a superb sense of place. But what is ‘sense of place’ in a garden? And how can it direct the design of your garden?…

July 17th, 2021

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Mixed pavers and boards

12 very attractive contemporary garden ideas from RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival

One of the main reasons for visiting a show like the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is to discover the best contemporary garden ideas. They don’t have to be…

July 10th, 2021

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Ruby flowered broom

10 low maintenance plants for an instant – but long-lasting – garden

I’ve been finding out about the ultimate low maintenance plants for an instant – yet long-lasting garden. And holiday homes really need easy-care gardens, because there’s so little time when…

May 22nd, 2021

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How to create a beautiful and welcoming front garden

What to consider when creating a beautiful front garden – the architecture of your home, your gate, your colour scheme and low maintenance!

May 15th, 2021

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Day lilies are edible.

What you need to know about edible flowers

Edible flowers have been one of the surprise successes of the last few years. However, many of us are suspicious of the idea of eating flowers, but they do look…

May 8th, 2021

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