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

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

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 get a lifetime of exuberant…

June 10th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Gardening on a budget, Middlesized country, Town gardens

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

Shady border tips

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 do in the sunnier borders.…

May 6th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

How to deal with frost damaged plants

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 February. [caption id="attachment_8631" align="alignnone" width="600"]…

April 1st, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to make your garden different with unusual plants

Canna Torch Song

I've always been slightly nervous of buying 'unusual plants.' Maybe they're just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? [caption id="attachment_8517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Nandina domestica 'Richmond' is a variant that has berries on it…

March 4th, 2018 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

20+ best vegetable varieties to grow

I'm creating a super-list of the best vegetable varieties to grow. Out of curiosity, I threw myself on the mercy of Twitter. I asked the garden and allotment bloggers which one vegetable variety they wouldn't…

February 11th, 2018 - Grow-your-own, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

8 inspiring ideas from a stunning English country garden

From the greenhouse at Parham

If you want inspiration, visit an English country garden. The romantic mix of colour, abundance and formality appeals to people everywhere. Parham House & Gardens in Sussex is still a family garden in spite of…

July 10th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country

How to renovate a garden without losing its magic

Cotinus and cow parsley

Would you renovate a garden? Or would you just call in the diggers and start again from scratch? But you may miss out if you clear it completely. Architect Tom Croft asked garden maker Posy…

June 12th, 2016 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Vintage & thrift

Foliage – the forgotten secret of spring garden success

Stipa tenuissima spring foliage

Do you mainly think about the flowers when you're planning your garden? I do. I can't remember when I last chose a plant specifically for its foliage. But foliage is often 90% of the garden. We…

May 8th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country

12 professional insider tips for landscaping your garden

How to get the landscaping right in your garden

Landscaping is the most expensive element in your garden. And it's the hardest part to get right. I went round a stunningly planted private garden last summer, which was almost completely ruined by the use…

March 13th, 2016 - Garden trends & design, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to create a family garden – 14 child-friendly garden ideas

How to create a family garden

What does the term ‘child-friendly garden’ mean to you? Does a family garden have to have lots of colourful plastic and a bald lawn? You can have a garden that both you and your children love…

February 28th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

How to revive your garden

Use seeds as a cheap, easy way of filling gaps

You can revive your garden without spending too much money. Do you look out of your window and feel your garden has lost its sparkle? Or maybe you've moved house, and have a perfectly reasonable…

February 14th, 2016 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Gardening for busy people – how to create a sensational garden in your spare time

Tips for confident, successful gardening

Are you one of those busy people who goes to work in the dark - then come back in the dark - for around six months of the year? Does your commute feel like time…

January 31st, 2016 - Gardening know how, Middlesized country