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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

Do you make these September garden mistakes?

Dahlia 'Con Amore' in the September garden

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 distinct drop in the number…

September 23rd, 2018 - Gardening know how, Town gardens

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden is a bit of a mixed bag. August has been called 'the Sunday of summer', and there's a lazy, idle feeling about the garden at the moment, which I will…

August 12th, 2018 - Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, 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

How to create a garden for entertaining

How to create an outdoor kitchen in a garden for entertaining

I've just visited a dramatically gorgeous garden for entertaining - and it's also a plant-lover's heaven. [caption id="attachment_9449" align="alignnone" width="400"] Dan Cooper's lush and jungly garden for entertaining. It has shelter from the seaside breezes,…

July 29th, 2018 - Decorations/parties, Garden trends & design, 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

How to create a beautiful mini meadow garden

Do you fancy a mini meadow garden? I've seen several beautiful strips of wildflower meadow in show gardens this year. And also in friends' gardens. Ever since the 2012 London Olympics, meadow gardens have been…

June 24th, 2018 - Town gardens, Wildlife & eco

15 easy affordable ideas for town gardens

Paint fences in town gardens

Do you like your town gardens beautifully designed? Or do you prefer the upcycled look? Where do you put your veg patch? It's always fascinating to see how different town gardens respond to the same…

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