Inspirational summer planting at Pensthorpe Park

I recently took a trip to Pensthorpe Natural Park, a place I’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time.  It’s not that I’m a closet twitcher and fancied a day birdwatching – the reason I wanted to trek to the depths of Norfolk was to see the Millennium Garden, an acre of gorgeous planting […]

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Growing annual flowers for summer colour

One of the quickest and cheapest ways to fill your garden with a splash of summer colour is to grow hardy annuals.  These are flowers which you can sow as seeds directly in to the ground in spring (when the ground has warmed up), and which will reward you with masses of flowers over the […]

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How to deer-proof your garden

Aaah, aren’t deer cute?!   Well not if they’re munching your prize roses they’re not!  I have to admit that my heart sinks a little when new clients tell me they have deer in their garden.  Lovely to look at they may be, but from a garden designer’s perspective deer are a real nuisance.  Visions of […]

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6 simple steps to creating a wildlife garden

I’m currently working with a pre-school nursery group to create a wildlife garden for the children to enjoy and learn from.  Along with a living willow tunnel, a cosy seating area and raised beds where the children can grow flowers and herbs, I have designed in a number of features to help attract wildlife in […]

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How to plan a successful kitchen garden

If you’re going to be growing fruit and vegetables on an annual basis, then it’s really good practice to plan your plot in advance with a view to rotating your crops.  And the reason you want to do this is that if you grow the same annual crops in the same place every year, you […]

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Wildflower meadows – simply lovely

I don’t know what it is about wildflower meadows that are so appealing, but I for one love them!  Maybe it’s just the gorgeous mix of simple flowers or the fact that they attract so much insect life – or maybe it’s just a bit of old-fashioned nostalgia.  Either way I know I’m not alone, […]

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Inspire a generation – of gardeners

As Olympic Fever takes hold in Team GB and throughout the land, there’s been a huge amount of talk around the London 2012 slogan ‘Inspire a Generation’.  Of course all that talk has been about whether the Games will actually do what they set out to do ie. get children away from their computers and […]

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Make room for pollinators

Many people think that creating a wildlife-friendly garden is the preserve of eco-friendly sandal-wearing, tofu-munching people.  And in some cases that may be true!  But designing gardens with wildlife in mind is not only beneficial for the creatures it attracts, but for the garden owner too, so it’s really worth thinking about – whatever your perspective. […]

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