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15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

Paint fences in town gardens

There are 29 town gardens open next weekend (June 24th 10am-5pm) for the Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day. There are also 25+ market stalls selling plants and gardenalia. The Market ends at 4pm.…

June 17th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, Town gardens

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

Escape to the beach with Whitstable Open Gardens…

Whitstable Open Gardens is on next weekend (for the NGS). Ten gardens will be open on 10th June (10am-5pm), which makes it easy to remember. [caption id="attachment_9030" align="alignnone" width="400"] Wildflowers on Joy Lane beach at sunset.…

June 3rd, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

How to start a successful garden from scratch

Starting a garden from scratch is both a challenge and  a privilege. When Sarah Langton-Lockton bought her 1920s house, the garden was overgrown to the point of dereliction. It all had to be cleared, except…

May 27th, 2018 - Garden trends & design, 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

New directions in garden privacy screens

Garden privacy screens have really changed alot in the last few years. There are lots of new, exciting designs. As more houses are built, gardens get smaller and more overlooked. Privacy is increasingly difficult. But…

April 22nd, 2018 - Garden design, 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

An orchard in the garden? You really do have the space!

How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

'Laura has an orchard in the garden,' said my friend, Rosie, over a gin-and-tonic. Firstly, Laura and Rosie live in the same street in the market town of Faversham. The road is mainly Victorian, with…

September 10th, 2017 - Grow-your-own, Town gardens

What you really need to know about creating a roof garden…

Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

This week I visited the roof garden at John Lewis in Oxford Street, designed by Tony Woods. Tony is a former RHS Young Designer of the Year. He and his team, Garden Club London, specialise…

August 20th, 2017 - Container gardening, Garden style & living, Town gardens

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

exotic garden in the English countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle's middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is just three years old. But it's already opening for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs the beautiful Salutation garden in…

August 6th, 2017 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens

How important is your garden path?

S shaped garden paths for long, thin gardens

I visited a beautifully planted garden last year, but it was spoilt by its garden path. The garden owner clearly didn't care about her garden paths. She poured all her time and money into creating…

July 30th, 2017 - Garden design, Garden trends & design, Town gardens