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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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Lupins Band of Nobles series

Perennials made simple – how to choose and grow the best plants for your borders

Perennials are the main flowering element of a successful mixed border. So I went to one of the UK’s premier perennial plant nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, to talk to…

May 29th, 2021

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Spring garden path and bulbs

Feeling overwhelmed by your garden? 11 easy, practical solutions

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your garden, especially in late spring when plants and weeds are bursting into growth. The gardening to-do list at this time of year can…

May 1st, 2021

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Osmanthus delavayi

How to choose plants for shade – for year round garden success

If you’re buying plants for shade, firstly think about what kind of shade you have in your garden. At least half your garden – wherever you live – is shady….

April 24th, 2021

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How to grow tulips

How to plant and grow tulips for a stunning display

If you want to knock everyone’s socks off in spring, then you have to grow tulips. Tulips can do everything from exquisite good taste to a riot of carnival colours….

April 17th, 2021

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