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 productive garden in January

Thankfully there’s not a massive amount to do at this time of year (especially when the ground is waterlogged or frozen) so it’s a good time to plan ahead for the coming year, and enjoy a rest! Winter is the ideal time to prune currant bushes to promote new stems and a good open shape. […]

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Inspirational summer planting at Pensthorpe Park

I recently took a trip to Pensthorpe Natural Park, a place I’ve been wanting to visit for quite some time.  It’s not that I’m a closet twitcher and fancied a day birdwatching – the reason I wanted to trek to the depths of Norfolk was to see the Millennium Garden, an acre of gorgeous planting […]

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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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Design the perfect dining space for your garden

One of the best things (in my humble opinion) about a good long spell of warm weather is the opportunity to eat outside without having to put on 5 layers of clothing!   If you’re happy to plonk a chair on the lawn and balance a plate on your knee, that’s fine.  But if you really […]

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UK gardens to visit in late summer and early autumn

With the heat of summer long gone and autumn yet to start with a vengeance, you’d be forgiven for thinking there isn’t a lot of point getting out on a garden visit.  Wrong!!   So many gardens now extend their season of interest with ornamental grasses and late flowering perennials, that there’s still a lot to […]

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Growing annual flowers for summer colour

One of the quickest and cheapest ways to fill your garden with a splash of summer colour is to grow hardy annuals.  These are flowers which you can sow as seeds directly in to the ground in spring (when the ground has warmed up), and which will reward you with masses of flowers over the […]

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