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Why your soil is the key to a beautiful garden

I started thinking about garden soil recently when a friend complained to me about her gardener. She’d just had a large bundle of bare root roses delivered. So she asked her…

November 27th, 2021

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Best trees for small gardens – expert advice and new ideas

When you’re choosing trees for small gardens, always try to find out what they will look like in 5-10 years time. That’s advice from Jamie Butterworth, award-winning garden designer, RHS…

November 14th, 2021

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Autumn colours in my garden

Better autumn colours in your garden – the three things you need to know

How to make the most of autumn colours in your garden by choosing the right plants and planting them in the right place.

October 31st, 2021

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Grow flowers yourself fromseed

Sowing seeds – expert tips for more flowers and better germination

Sowing seeds in autumn can give you stronger, healthier plants and earlier flowers. But it’s not right for all seeds. Or, indeed, for all gardeners! Some people prefer to take…

October 2nd, 2021

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Dahlia border at Canterbury Cathedral

Keep dahlias free of earwigs, slugs and snails without chemicals

How to prevent slugs, snails and earwigs from destroying your dahlias without using chemicals. These ways are easier too.

September 18th, 2021

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Shady woodland pot

How to choose the best plants for dry shade

It can be difficult to choose plants for dry shade. I have a small triangular area between two paths, where I had hoped to grow rhubarb. It took me years…

September 11th, 2021

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Cosmos are resilient flowers

5 resilient flowers that will thrive in the most difficult summers

Resilient flowers are an essential part of a successful garden. However carefully you choose the right plants for your weather, soil or zone, there’ll always be the unexpected weather event….

August 14th, 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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Geranium psilostenum

6 favourite perennial flowers that bloom all summer

If you can plant perennial flowers that bloom all summer, you’ll always have a beautiful border. Of course, we all want what Tom Brown of West Dean Gardens calls ‘the…

July 3rd, 2021

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flower border in august

How to tweak your summer flower colour to perfection

Midsummer is a good time to tweak your flower colour. The extra steps you take now will keep your border looking good throughout the summer and into autumn. You put…

June 26th, 2021

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Beautiful borders

How to create stunning garden borders – 12 essential tips

Expert tips for planning and planting beautiful garden borders from award-winning head gardener Tom Brown of West Dean Gardens.

June 12th, 2021

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Iris sibirica

Early summer garden tips

One of the odd things about early summer is that I always have to start thinking about what I should take out of my garden rather than what I need…

June 5th, 2021

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