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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

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 held every year in June for the NGS. [caption id="attachment_9030" align="alignnone" width="400"] Wildflowers on Joy Lane beach at sunset. There are two gardens in Joy Lane in Whitstable Open Gardens.[/caption] But even…

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