Flower power for the spring garden

There are so many lovely trees and shrubs which flower in spring, it can sometimes be hard to choose what to buy. Instead of going for the obvious choices (like Forsythia!), it’s really worth visiting gardens, doing some research and maybe finding something a bit more unusual.  Here are just a few ideas of trees […]

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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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