5 essential … small evergreen plants

Evergreen plants are invaluable to give a garden some interest in the depths of winter.  And small evergreens are particularly useful to grow near paths and deciduous shrubs or trees, filling gaps in the border until spring arrives. One of the most useful (and tough) little evergreen plants you can find is Liriope muscari (or […]

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How to create the perfect winter garden

If you look at your garden in the depths of winter are you pleased with what you see?  Is it an uplifting space with lots of attractive plants, colour and scent, or a drab gloomy and boring plot which leaves you feeling totally uninspired to even venture beyond the back door? If it’s the latter, […]

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Fabulous plants for December

Who said winter is a boring time in the garden?!  There are lots of great plants which provide visual interest at this time of year, and here is just a small selection. Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ Also known variously as ‘Black Dragon’, ‘Ebony Knight’, or ‘Arabicus’, this lilyturf is an extraordinary looking plant with arching purple-green […]

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Fabulous plants for November

All is not lost!  Although there’s no denying there isn’t as much colour and interest to enjoy in the garden at this time of year, there’s still a number of valuable plants worth considering planting.  Here’s a small selection: Fagus sylvatica Beech (Fagus sylvatica) makes a great hedge for the garden, offering interest more or […]

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Horatio’s Garden – fantastic garden, fantastic cause

On a gloomy, chilly afternoon recently I headed off to Salisbury to visit a garden I have been keen to see for ages.  Tucked away in the grounds of Salisbury Hospital, between Car Park 8 and Car Park 10, is the wonderful Horatio’s Garden.  Built for patients of the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre […]

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Designing shade into the garden

When I’m designing gardens, possibly the most important factor to take into account before drawing up a plan is to work out which are the sunniest parts of my clients’ gardens, because that is usually where the entertaining areas go – whether for dining or just sitting outside.  With our totally unpredictably climate we do […]

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Jobs for the garden in August

There’s not too much to do in the garden maintenance-wise at this time of year, but it’s important to keep up with deadheading, watering and feeding to ensure as much flowering as possible for the rest of the summer.  Here’s a short list of other jobs to keep you occupied this month: HEDGES & TOPIARY […]

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Highlights from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

  I went to the Chelsea Flower Show twice this year – once on Press Day and then again later in the week as a paying visitor.  Seems a bit OTT I guess, but I really enjoy going twice as both trips have their advantages.  The obvious upside to Press Day is the lack of […]

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Fabulous plants for June

It’s so hard to pick a short list of great plants to talk about in early summer, as everywhere you look there’s something worth mentioning, but here are just a handful of my favourites for now. Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Tanna’ With neat, ground-hugging clumps of attractive foliage, this burnet is smaller than many other varieties of […]

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