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Latin plant names demystified

Are you embarrassed by your Latin plant names skills?

Do you avoid using Latin names for plants? Do they seem too complicated or even unnecessary? After all, we can all have beautiful gardens without knowing the Latin names of…

November 18th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Wildlife & eco


Find out which nutrients your soil lacks with a soil test

Do you really need to do a soil test?

‘So how many people in this room have done a soil test?’ This question was asked by garden designer Adam Frost at a recent talk at the Painters Forstal Gardening…

November 4th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

This year’s autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. I’ve always thought of trees and leaf colour as the defining element of an autumn…

October 28th, 2018

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Autumn colour trees

Which garden tree is absolutely perfect for you?

How to choose the right garden tree? I think we all dither over this because trees seem like such a big purchase. More like buying a sofa than buying a…

September 30th, 2018

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Dahlia 'Con Amore' in the September garden

Do you make these September garden mistakes?

I sense that the September garden isn’t anyone’s favourite. Vita Sackville-West abandoned Sissinghurst for the Mediterranean in September. Alan Titchmarsh refers to ‘the depths of September and October’. There’s a…

September 23rd, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Town gardens


Exotic colours and shapes - persicaria at the Salutation

The best professional tips for late summer garden colour

Have you run out of gardening steam by the time you get to the late summer garden? I know I do, which is why it’s so inspiring to visit a…

September 9th, 2018

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No dig flower borders

No dig flower borders – easy, weed-free and brilliant

I’ve always wondered about ‘no dig flower borders’ for annuals, shrubs and perennials. Not that I ever do much digging. But I wondered if the principles of no dig veg…

September 2nd, 2018

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Plants which are fine in a windy garden will self-seed and spread

The best windy garden plants and solutions

Beautiful plants and stylish garden screens to make your windy garden look stunning. And you’ll really enjoy being in it!

July 15th, 2018

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Save time and money with plants that grow themselves. 25 gorgeous self-seeding plants. #gardening

The 25 best self-seeding plants to save you time and money

Self-seeding plants are the key to gardening on automatic. The less you do, the more they grow. And they’re free. You buy one packet of seeds or one plant, and…

June 10th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens


Shady border tips

A shady border – the best (and easiest) part of your garden?

My shady border is probably better for longer than anywhere else in the garden. Although I do far less work in it – less planting and weeding – than I…

May 6th, 2018

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How to deal with frost damaged plants

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

Here in the South East (of England), we’re assessing the winter damage to our gardens. The real problems weren’t caused by the snow, freezing winds or low temperatures of late…

April 1st, 2018

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Tree surgeon, arborist or chain saw man? Why you need to know…

I didn’t know the difference between a tree surgeon, an arborist (also known as an arboriculturalist) and a Chain Saw Man when we first moved into a garden with trees….

March 25th, 2018

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