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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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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Winter wonderlands – gardens to visit

At this time of year it’s very tempting to stay inside, keep warm and banish all thoughts of garden visiting until April. But if you do that you’ll really be missing out.  I’ve noticed that more and more public gardens are starting to offer ‘winter gardens’ or ‘winter walks’ or simply ‘winter borders’.  Either way, […]

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Top plants for autumn colour

At this time of year there’s really no excuse for gardens to be boring!  Surprisingly though, it seems to be a common problem when I go to visit new clients.  There are so many great plants out there doing their stuff in autumn, that it’s just a question of planning ahead, maybe not being obsessed […]

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5 easy flowering shrubs to plant this autumn

Did your garden lack a certain je ne sais quoi this summer?  If you’re like many of my clients (who want a lovely garden, but have little time to do the gardening), then it might be a good idea to consider adding more flowering shrubs to your garden in time for next summer.  With the […]

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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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Sunny delights – flowering shrubs for hot dry gardens

For anyone blessed with a sunny garden with free-draining soil in the UK, it can be difficult to grow a wide range of garden shrubs as many of the plants which can cope with cold British winters also require a reasonably moisture-retentive soil. Frustrating though it can be for the plantaholics amongst us, it’s always […]

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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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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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