10 steps to a designer garden

I have just been involved in showing my work at a Design showcase in Petersfield put together by the South East Design Forum. The brief for the show was to illustrate how design had added value to a project.  Looking through the plan & photographs of the scheme I chose to exhibit, I could identify […]

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Last call for hedging!

It’s so nice to have the opportunity to plant hedges along garden boundaries rather than building a fence.  But hedges can also be used within gardens to divide areas or create backdrops for planting – or simply for their own sake. If you are planning to plant a traditional hedge this winter (be it formal or informal), […]

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Get your garden into shape!

One of the fundamental principles of garden design is that a successful garden should have strong shape & good structure. I’m often struck by how bland the majority of gardens are – shapeless borders, indistinct planting, and a complete lack of any structure. And there’s no better time than winter to take stock and see […]

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Winter wonders – shrubs with colourful stems

It’s very easy to make a garden look attractive in summer when so many plants are at their peak.  What’s harder is to create a garden with colour and interest in January and February.  That’s why I always try to include shrubby Cornus (Dogwoods) in the gardens I design.  In leaf, Cornus are an attractive, […]

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Grow your own – and taste the difference

In the last 2 years I have noticed a real trend in the gardening world – the desire to grow fruit & vegetables.  Nearly every client I have worked with recently has requested an area to grow something, even if it’s just herbs, or a couple of fruit bushes.  But more frequently I am asked […]

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Autumn glow

I LOVE this time of year!  10 years ago, in early October, I  moved to Petersfield from London. After 15 years living in the capital, I was (to put it mildly) a bit worried about moving to the middle of nowhere, as I then saw it. But after a couple of weeks spent driving around my new […]

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Feeling fruity?

For the last few weeks I’ve been eating apples from the trees at my allotment. Even if I say so myself, the flavour is SO much better than supermarket-sold fruit, and there’s nothing like picking your own fruit off your own tree for freshness and flavour. If you would like to grow apple trees in […]

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Bulbs to brighten your spring garden……

Is your garden empty, drab & boring in February? Well it’s not to late to do something about it! One of the simplest & most cost-effective ways to brighten up a garden when not a lot else is happening, is to plant some bulbs now which will flower in spring. There are so many bulbs […]

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