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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…

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

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….

April 22nd, 2018

Posted In: Town gardens


How to deal with frost damaged plants

How to deal with winter damage to shrubs….

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…

April 1st, 2018

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


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How to make your garden different with unusual plants

I’ve always been slightly nervous of buying ‘unusual plants.’ Maybe they’re just for expert gardeners? More demanding? Difficult to grow? If you’re new to gardening, you will often be advised…

March 4th, 2018

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


How to plant a mini orchard for a small garden

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

‘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…

September 10th, 2017

Posted In: Grow-your-own, Town gardens


Tips for securing plants on a roof terrace

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

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…

August 20th, 2017

Posted In: Container gardening, Garden style & living, Town gardens


exotic garden in the English countryside

An unusual tropical garden in the Kent countryside

Steven Edney and Louise Dowle’s middle-sized tropical garden, Sweetbriar, is open on 30th September 2018 (11am-5pm) for the NGS. Both Steven and Louise are professional gardeners. Steven runs the beautiful…

August 6th, 2017

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