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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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How to divide perennials

The honest truth about how to divide perennials

Do your eyes glide over the advice to ‘divide perennials’ in spring and autumn? I always used to think that dividing perennials was for perfect gardeners. My relaxed attitude to…

April 19th, 2020

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How to buy plants online

Can you buy plants online?

How to buy plants online from small specialist nurseries, online-only plant stores or local nursery garden centres which deliver or do mail order.

April 2nd, 2020

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Tree Fern planted in the 1880s

What you need to know about tree ferns for a cool climate

How to choose tree ferns for a cool climate, where and how to plant them in your garden, how to water tree ferns, prune them and look after them in winter.

March 1st, 2020

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Mixed herbaceous border on a slope

How to plant on a slope

Maybe your whole garden is sloping? O perhaps you just have to plant on a slope in one border? Either way, it can be frustrating. I only have the tiniest…

February 9th, 2020

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Front path with trees

Low maintenance front garden ideas – the myths and the truth

A good low maintenance front garden will lift your heart every time you open your front door. It’ll cheer up the neighbourhood, too – your front garden is part of…

January 4th, 2020

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The middle-sized garden in frost

What you really need to know about gardening advice

Gardening advice isn’t just about finding out the facts. It’s not just about how to do things – like prune roses. It’s about finding your own gardening style and adapting…

December 15th, 2019

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Do you really need pot feet in winter gardening?

Winter gardening – what NOT to do (or what not to worry about…)

I’ve been pulling together winter gardening tips with Erin Schanen who runs the excellent The Impatient Gardener channel on Youtube. On her channel, we give our top winter gardening ‘to…

November 24th, 2019

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