Gardens to visit – Sheffield Park

If you’re looking for a garden to visit in the autumn, I can guarantee that Sheffield Park will be in any top 10 list for the south east of England. It’s a place that is regularly featured in the gardening press and has become a bit of a holy grail for garden visitors in search […]

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5 essential … plants for winter interest

In the depths of winter plants which provide structure, colour and fragrance in a garden are especially welcome. Here are a few easy plants which will offer much, if not all, of that. It isn’t just leaves and flowers that add colour to the garden – stems can do it too and those of shrubby […]

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5 essential … trees for spring blossom

Nothing lifts flagging winter spirits like the first signs of blossom on the boughs, the clouds of pink and white that follow bringing with them the first true promise of spring and a new gardening year. While the iconic blossom trees are April’s ornamental cherries, the blossom season lasts from February to early May, moving […]

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5 essential… plants for birds over winter

Winter is a hard time for garden birds.  They need to eat a lot in order to keep warm and survive the cold nights, but falling temperatures make their regular food supplies scarce.  Putting up feeders is one solution, but many garden plants double-up as life-saving food resources for garden birds and no one has […]

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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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Jobs for the garden in November

At this time of year gardening is largely about clearing up and protecting your garden for the winter, but November also marks the start of the tree and hedge planting season.  Here’s a quick rundown on what you could be doing this month: Prepare for winter by checking anything that is at risk of cold, […]

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Interesting things to do with trees …..

You may be forgiven for thinking that a tree is just a tree, but in fact it can be so much more!  These days nurseries are really getting adventurous and selling trees in many different shapes and sizes.  This is particularly useful if you want to add height to a garden but don’t have the […]

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Fabulous plants for February

Colour and flowers are at a premium at this time of year, but there are many plants offering just that in February.  Here are a few of my favourites: Acer griseum AGM Commonly known as the ‘Paperbark Maple’ (for obvious reasons!) Acer griseum is a slow-growing small, spreading tree with very attractive chestnut-brown peeling bark. […]

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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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