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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Fabulous plants for January

At this time of year evergreen shrubs and trees with beautiful bark are a real bonus. Here are a few my personal, tried and tested recommendations. Astelia chathamica AGM Most plants with silver foliage require sunny dry conditions to thrive (think Lavender, Perovskia, Artemesia, Convolvulus cneorum …) but Astelia chathamica by contrast is happier growing […]

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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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Expert advice on choosing and growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas

It’s now that time of the year when Rhododendrons and Azaleas are starting to put on vibrant displays of colour the length and breadth of the country.  As a garden designer working in areas where these plants thrive, I was delighted to find out that specialist grower (and Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner) Millais […]

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3 great plants for winter scent

In the depths of winter when there’s not much else going on in the garden scented plants really come into their own. One of the top plants for winter fragrance has to be Sarcococca which is commonly known as ‘Christmas Box’.  There are a number of varieties of Sarcococca but I tend to plant Sarcococca […]

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Get creative with topiary

I have to admit I do like a bit of topiary. There’s nothing quite like a clipped hedge or box ball to add structure to a garden.  And the beauty of clipped shapes is that they are so versatile – they can lend a garden a contemporary or a traditional feel. In winter topiary shapes […]

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