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Dahlia 'Con Amore' in the September garden

Do you make these September garden mistakes?

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…

September 23rd, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Town gardens


Dahlia Rip City in the Middlesized Garden

August in the Middlesized Garden – my garden failures and successes

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…

August 12th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Vintage French chairs

30 inspiring ideas for beautiful garden seating

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…

August 5th, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


How to create an outdoor kitchen in a garden for entertaining

How to create a garden for entertaining

I’ve just visited a gorgeous small town garden for entertaining. If you are thinking of building an outdoor kitchen, then Dan Cooper, the owner, has the most brilliant tips (see…

July 29th, 2018

Posted In: Decorations/parties, Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Why a small garden needs a big idea

Why a successful 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…

July 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Garden style & living, Garden trends & design, Middlesized country, Town gardens


How to create a beautiful mini meadow garden

Create a mini meadow lawn in your garden, however small it is. These tips will give you such a pretty and wildlife-friendly lawn, and you’ll avoid making mistakes!

June 24th, 2018

Posted In: Town gardens, Wildlife & eco


Paint fences in town gardens

15 easy affordable ideas for 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…

June 17th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


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

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

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…

June 10th, 2018

Posted In: 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. But even if you’re nowhere near Kent, let me treat you to a few of the summery seaside garden…

June 3rd, 2018

Posted In: 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…

May 27th, 2018

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Town gardens


Shady border tips

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

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…

May 6th, 2018

Posted In: Gardening know how, Middlesized country, Town gardens


New directions in garden privacy screens

New directions in garden privacy screens – how to find wood, metal or resin screens that will add style to your garden and improve your privacy. With some great ideas on where to put screens.

April 22nd, 2018

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