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How to create a ‘vista’ in a middle-sized garden

  This week, I’ve asked landscape consultant, Matt Jackson, to suggest tips for focal points and views. A ‘vista’ may sound grand, Matt writes, but the use of it can…

February 25th, 2014

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Garden compost

The Minimalist Guide to Gardening

The three most boring gardening jobs are digging, weeding and taking stuff to the tip. And I can’t dig. It always puts my back out, or my shoulder, or my…

February 5th, 2014

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Staircase plant or Leonitis Leonorum is a great talking point in middle-sized gardens

Three ‘what’s that?’ plants to show off with….

I was a total newbie when I started in this garden ten years ago – when it was beautifully planted with shrubs. Things quickly grew out of control, the lawn…

January 20th, 2014

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Burgundy Rip City and Black Cat dahlias with orange dahlia David Howard

My 3 top bedding colour combos

My gardening at the moment involves having a Sarah Raven or other catalogue always to hand, so that I can fantasise about gorgeous plans for the garden. In reality, I will…

January 14th, 2014

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My three top garden tips from 2013

I have learned almost all my gardening from friends. Nothing is nicer than pootling round the garden, mugs of tea in hand, asking people what they think. Some are professional…

December 10th, 2013

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So why is a middle-sized garden different?

Ten years ago, we moved from a terraced townhouse, with a 15ft x 20ft courtyard, to a house with a quarter of an acre. With no gardening knowledge, I muddled…

December 8th, 2013

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