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The three best alternatives to box for simple topiary

The three best alternatives to box for simple topiary

October 18th, 2020 Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


There are only a few good alternatives to box (English boxwood or Buxus sempervirens) for topiary. But I have just visited a delightful private garden in Kent which shows off…

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Your autumn gardening strategy

Autumn gardening, these days, starts with planting next summer’s perennials, trees and shrubs. I’ve interviewed some wonderful head gardeners this year, such as Asa Gregors-Warg at the Beth Chatto Gardens,…

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October 11th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how, Town gardens


Parasols garden sculpture by Richard Cresswell

Where to place sculpture and garden ornaments

Garden ornaments – garden art, sculpture and decorations – can lift your garden to a whole new level. They make your garden look good in all seasons, particularly in winter….

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October 4th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design


American Gardens and Royal Gardens of the World

Two fascinating new books about gardens everyone should read

American Gardens by Monty Don and Royal Gardens of the World by Mark Lane cover some of the most influential gardens in the world. They place gardening in a historical, political and economic context.

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September 24th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living


5 ways to use garden planters (plus potscaping tips)

As I was photographing Diane and Robbie Perry’s garden in Kent, I admired the way they use garden planters to add punctuation and colour. They’ve used garden pots in five…

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September 20th, 2020

Posted In: Container gardening


Choosing and using a garden shredder

What do you do with garden waste?

What to do with garden waste – bags, incinerator, composting and garden shredders. Plus tips on choosing and using the best garden shredder.

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September 6th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


How to grow and pick alstroemerias for endless flowers

Alstroemerias are very easy to grow. They flower from May to November in a UK garden and even longer in some other countries. ‘They’ll flower all year round if you…

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August 30th, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


What to plant in a coastal garden…

Coastal garden plants are beautiful, easy-care and very resilient. If your garden is dry or windy and has poor soil, then plants which grow naturally in coastal areas will work…

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August 23rd, 2020

Posted In: Gardening know how


From garage to garden room

Easy budget makeover – from garage to garden room

Francine Raymond, Daily Telegraph gardening writer and author, recently turned her garage into a stylish garden room and potting shed. And she did it on a minimum spend, without losing…

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August 16th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living


Beth Chatto gardens

How do you make a dry garden?

The UK’s most famous dry garden is at the Beth Chatto gardens in Essex. So I visited to talk to head gardener, Asa Gregers-Warg, about how to make a dry…

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August 9th, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design


How to make a herbaceous border look amazing

A herbaceous border is at the heart of most grand gardens. In theory, if you want your borders to look continuously beautiful from May to October, you need skill, space…

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August 2nd, 2020

Posted In: Garden trends & design, Gardening know how


Shed storage for narrow gardens

North facing garden tips – how to make the most of your space

I’ve just visited a narrow north facing garden with some charming thin garden ideas and a wildlife friendly focus. It’s also on a slope – so the garden conditions could…

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July 26th, 2020

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


Growing roses – expert tips from Hever Castle rose garden

Hever Castle is famous for growing roses. It has more than 4,000 of them. So I asked head gardener, Neil Miller for his best tips on growing roses in our…

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July 19th, 2020

Posted In: Garden style & living, Gardening know how