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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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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How to choose the right trees for your garden

Autumn is the best time to plant new trees.  From November until March you can buy a wide variety of ‘bare-root’ and rootball trees (which are dug out of the ground in the dormant season). If you plant now, the trees have plenty of time to establish during the wet winter months before they have to […]

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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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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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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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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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