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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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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Winter wonders – shrubs with colourful stems

It’s very easy to make a garden look attractive in summer when so many plants are at their peak.  What’s harder is to create a garden with colour and interest in January and February.  That’s why I always try to include shrubby Cornus (Dogwoods) in the gardens I design.  In leaf, Cornus are an attractive, […]

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Grow your own – and taste the difference

In the last 2 years I have noticed a real trend in the gardening world – the desire to grow fruit & vegetables.  Nearly every client I have worked with recently has requested an area to grow something, even if it’s just herbs, or a couple of fruit bushes.  But more frequently I am asked […]

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Shine a little light…

It’s lovely to see gardens and homes lit up now with Christmas lights. The effect can be really magical if it’s done with taste. And not so magical if it’s not!  After a long day at work coming home in the dark, it’s a real bonus to be able to see the garden instead of […]

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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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