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Alternatives to box for simple topiary

The three best alternatives to box for simple topiary

There are only a few good alternatives to box (English boxwood or Buxus sempervirens) for topiary. But I have just visited a delightful private garden in Kent which shows off…

October 18th, 2020

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Your autumn gardening strategy

Autumn gardening, these days, starts with planting next summer’s perennials, trees and shrubs. I’ve interviewed some wonderful head gardeners this year, such as Asa Gregors-Warg at the Beth Chatto Gardens,…

October 11th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how, Town gardens


Choosing and using a garden shredder

What do you do with garden waste?

What to do with garden waste – bags, incinerator, composting and garden shredders. Plus tips on choosing and using the best garden shredder.

September 6th, 2020

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How to grow and pick alstroemerias for endless flowers

Alstroemerias are very easy to grow. They flower from May to November in a UK garden and even longer in some other countries. ‘They’ll flower all year round if you…

August 30th, 2020

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What to plant in a coastal garden…

Coastal garden plants are beautiful, easy-care and very resilient. If your garden is dry or windy and has poor soil, then plants which grow naturally in coastal areas will work…

August 23rd, 2020

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How to make a herbaceous border look amazing

A herbaceous border is at the heart of most grand gardens. In theory, if you want your borders to look continuously beautiful from May to October, you need skill, space…

August 2nd, 2020

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Growing roses – expert tips from Hever Castle rose garden

Hever Castle is famous for growing roses. It has more than 4,000 of them. So I asked head gardener, Neil Miller for his best tips on growing roses in our…

July 19th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how


The difference between mop head and lace cap hydrangeas

Do you love or hate hydrangeas? The facts vs the myths

Hydrangeas are a flower that is both adored and deplored. Naomi Slade has written a beautiful and definitive guide, called Hydrangeas (published by Pavilion Books). She says: ‘They’re so familiar,…

July 5th, 2020

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Spring flowering rhododendron

Growing rhododendrons – everything you need to know

You may not have thought about growing rhododendrons in your garden. They come in brilliant colours, they’re easy care and they love shade.  If your soil isn’t right for them,…

June 7th, 2020

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Fast growing wisteria

How to choose the best climbing plant for your garden

There are five important questions you need to ask before buying a climbing plant. Is your climbing plant going to be planted in sun or shade? And don’t forget a…

May 17th, 2020

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Topiary and emerging foliage in the May garden

The late spring garden tour of the Middlesized Garden

I’d like to take you on a late spring garden tour, because May is such a beautiful month in the garden. And I have some recommendations for good garden plants…

May 3rd, 2020

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The best weeding tools

The no-nonsense guide to weeding your garden easily

The real truth about weeding your garden – which methods work best, how to weed without chemicals and which weeding tools to choose.

April 26th, 2020

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