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My best autumn trees for small gardens

Silver birch is a striking tree

Autumn trees are the stars in my November garden. If I didn't have trees, there would be very little to look at.  And trees improve air quality and support wildlife. Their height gives a smaller…

November 25th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

My escape from fear to a healing garden

how to find a healing garden

Many people are now talking openly about their physical and mental challenges and how their garden or gardening has helped them.   I want to talk about my story of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and the…

November 11th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Do you really need to do a soil test?

Find out which nutrients your soil lacks with 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 Club. There were over 80…

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

Autumn garden ideas – what works and what doesn’t

Cornus are good in autumn as well as winter

This year's autumn garden has taught me a lot about choosing plants for late-season colour. [caption id="attachment_9946" align="alignnone" width="400"] The leaves of the Robinia frisia (False acacia) and the Cotinus coggyria 'Grace' are a splendid…

October 28th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Adam Frost’s top tips for your garden redesign

I asked garden designer Adam Frost  about garden redesign. Especially if you have a middlesized garden and have recently moved in. ('Recently' in garden terms can be years, as we often do the work on…

October 14th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Middlesized country, Town gardens

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

Vintage French chairs

Garden seating is so much more than just a place to sit. A bench can be a focal point, work like a piece of sculpture, can punctuate a hedge or lawn or be a place…

August 5th, 2018 - Garden design, Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

Why a successful small garden needs a big idea

Why a small garden needs a big idea

A small garden needs a big idea. You can let a larger garden evolve - and by 'larger' I mean any garden more than about 100ft long or quarter of an acre. [caption id="attachment_9437" align="alignnone"…

July 22nd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens

The best windy garden plants and solutions

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

I’ve recently been asked about plants and solutions for a windy garden. [caption id="attachment_9359" align="alignnone" width="400"] Sue Marling and Fay Sweet's Suffolk garden is in a windy area, but it is colourful and feels sheltered.…

July 15th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Gardening know how, Middlesized country

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