5 essential … plants for a relaxed country look

As much of my work is in country gardens around Hampshire, Surrey & Sussex, I often need to find ways to blend the plants inside the garden with those in the wider landscape beyond the garden boundaries. There are a number of plants which I use for that purpose, and also where the planting needs […]

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5 essential … evergreen shrubs to clothe a wall or fence

Many shrubs adapt very well to growing against walls and fences and, once trained in, are usually easier to manage than climbers which can quickly outgrow their allotted space.  Here are five evergreens that lend themselves very well to being wall-trained and between them provide seasonal interest throughout the year. Ceanothus (or ‘Californian lilac’) make […]

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Jobs for the garden in December

As the year draws to a close you can afford to take a bit of time off from labouring in the garden, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do!  Here are a few of the more important tasks you should be carrying out this month: Finish clearing leaves and debris, particularly from borders and […]

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Fabulous plants for August

If you’re looking for colour in midsummer, here’s a small selection of my favourite easy plants for August Perovskia atriplicifolia This plant, commonly known as ‘Russian Sage’ is technically known as a sub-shrub, as it grows from a woody base. This is a plant that thrives in hot sunny borders with well-drained soil and it’s […]

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Fabulous plants for July

There are so many wonderful plants to recommend at this time of year it’s hard to draw up a short list, but here are just a few of my favourites for July interest: Clematis Fujimusume AGM Clematis have to be one of the most popular flowers grown in the UK, and rightly so. There are so many […]

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Jobs for the garden in March

With signs of spring all around this is a great time to get ahead before your plants put on so much growth that it becomes difficult to get into the borders. As the temperatures start to rise the weeds will start to grow so try to keep on top of them from the start of […]

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Jobs for the garden in February

What to do in February will very much depend on weather conditions where you live, but here are a number of jobs which you can be thinking about carrying out this month. This is a great time to carry out all those general maintenance jobs that need doing – like cleaning paving and getting rid […]

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Jobs for the garden in January

A lot of what you do this month will depend on the weather, and much of that work will be about clearing up and preparing for the year ahead. If snow is forecast, and it’s possible to do this, tie in any splayed out branches of upright conifers and yew.  If you can’t manage to […]

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Jobs for the garden in April

It’s starting to get busy now as plants really begin to take off.  It’s such a lovely time of year to be outside enjoying the garden – even if it can feel a bit overwhelming at times! Keep on top of hoeing and weeding, and apply mulch to weed-free moist ground if you haven’t already. […]

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