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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

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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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Plan your finances to change to a gardening career

How to change your life with a gardening career

Celebrate Garden Day by thinking about changing your career. Garden designer and TV presenter Arit Anderson’s top tips for changing your career to one that you’ll love.

May 6th, 2019

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


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

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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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