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Paul Bangay – garden design inspiration and a new book

Paul Bangay – garden design inspiration and a new book

March 30th, 2024 Posted In: Garden style & living


Paul Bangay is a top international garden designer, and has designed gardens all over the world. And he has described his own garden, Stonefields, as being the sum of all…

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Cottage garden plants - scabious, echinacea, sanguisorba and hollyhocks.

Rustic cottage garden ideas – 7 tips for creating a stunning garden on a shoestring budget

How to create a rustic cottage garden haven in an empty strip of lawn or field, with budget tips and recycling cottagecore inspiration

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August 19th, 2023

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Dahlias won't flower in a shady spot - they need full sun.

6 Common Reasons Why Your Garden Plants Aren’t Flowering (and how to fix it!)

Are you looking at plants in your garden and wondering why they aren’t flowering? I am. And I’ve discovered a surprising reason why my cosmos plants don’t even have any…

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July 22nd, 2023

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Shallow wide garden design

How to turn a wide shallow backyard into the perfect garden

How to divide up a wide shallow backyard or garden – turn it into a beautiful outdoor space with just a few clever tips.

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July 15th, 2023

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The Wildlife Trust's Renters Retreat designed by Zoe Claymore.

6 trending ideas for your garden from RHS Hampton Court 2023

RHS Hampton Court 2023 is short for The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. But that sounds far too grand. ‘Hampton Court’ is the Chelsea Flower Show’s much loved younger…

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July 3rd, 2023

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How to puppy-proof your garden

Puppy-proof your garden – 7 practical tips that really work – and 3 to avoid!

If you’re going to puppy-proof your garden, there’s lots of advice out there. Not all of it works. As a journalist, I start every project with the assumption that I…

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July 1st, 2023

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The Sub Aqua garden by Joshua Fenton

The 10 best ideas for your garden from BBC Gardeners World Live 2023

Here’s the pick of the best ideas for your garden from BBC Gardeners World Live 2023. Of course, we can never reproduce show garden perfection in our own gardens, but…

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June 16th, 2023

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Container pond in an agricultural water trough

How to create a beautiful container pond to attract wildlife

You can make a container pond out of anything that will hold water. But some materials are better than others. That includes stone, metal, some ceramics and fibreglass. Many people…

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June 10th, 2023

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Use tree stumps as garden sculpture

Transform a shady corner of your garden with a stunning stumpery

A stumpery is an area of the garden with tree stumps and logs arranged as decoration. If you’ve got a mature tree with big roots and you can’t plant anything…

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June 3rd, 2023

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Soft fence colours in Sarah Price's garden in RHS Chelsea 2023

7 ideas from RHS Chelsea 2023 that will really work in your garden

Here are the best ideas for your garden from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (known as RHS Chelsea 2023). Not all show garden ideas translate into real garden design,…

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May 23rd, 2023

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How to choose the best plants for your garden

5 top tips on how to choose the best plants for your garden

Here are 5 top insider tips on how to choose the best plants for your garden. I visited multi-award winning nursery, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to ask Rosy Hardy what…

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May 20th, 2023

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How to spot and destroy box moth caterpillar

How to spot box tree moth caterpillars – the best ways to deal with it!

Box moth caterpillars – also known as box tree moth caterpillars- can strip the leaves from your box plant or hedge. In extreme cases, your plant will die. As many…

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May 15th, 2023

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Transform your garden with simple DIY tips and easy grow plants

Transform your garden – easy garden design tips and budget ideas

Transform your garden with these easy DIY tips and creative ideas. From a bare yard to a flower-filled space – all on a budget!

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May 6th, 2023

Posted In: Garden trends & design