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What is looking great in January

January might be a month of cold weather but there is no need for the garden to look dull and bare. Quite the opposite. Even before the spring bulbs appear, the structure of evergreens, winter ...

Early Spring in my own garden

Early Spring is one of my favourite times of year with new foliage emerging and blossom on the trees. Early spring-flowering perennials are also valuable to start the succession of plants that will flower and ...

Garden trends – 2021 into 2022 and beyond

There has been more change in the world of gardening in the last couple of years than I can remember in my 16-year garden-based career. The pandemic, the climate crisis and growing awareness of nature ...

Plants for Late Winter

The festive season has been and gone, but instead of thinking about jetting off to the sun, I look forward to the crisp clear days for long walks in the countryside and watching the garden ...

How Gardens Are Good For Our Health and Wellbeing

Before re-training as a garden designer, I commuted to London for a long, tiring day in the city. What kept me sane was coming home to a garden. It did not matter that I did ...

Managing Green Waste

Managing Green Waste Having just been told that the tidy tips are now closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and not knowing if the kerbside collections will be able to continue, there is a question ...

Autumn Gardening For Wildlife

Autumn is a wonderful time in the garden with the low sun lighting up leaves that are turning to stunning reds, oranges and buttery yellows. It is also a time when we start to think ...

Edible Pollinating Plants

Don’t just think ornamental flowering plants when you are choosing plants to attract pollinators into your garden throughout the spring and summer. Many edible crops also depend on pollinators to transfer pollen and ensure that ...

Caring For Spring Bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs add some much needed colour and interest in the garden when many other plants are yet to emerge or flower. There is a wide range to choose from and with careful choices ...

Attracting Bees, Butterflies And Other Polllinators

‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.’ ...

Climate Change and Garden Design

Climate Change and Garden Design The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) consisting of the world’s leading scientists have recently issued a warning that we have 12 years to reduce global warming to a ...

Supporting our hedgehogs

Not only are they adorable creatures, hedgehogs are great for our gardens, feeding on garden pests such as slugs, caterpillars and leatherjackets. But their numbers are falling. There were an estimated 36.5 million in the ...

Refreshing Borders

Autumn is a great time to take stock of your garden and make improvements, or at least start planning for next year. Even after planting a garden from scratch, some attention is required after a ...

New Garden Four Years On

Last summer the remaining two thirds of the garden was landscaped which has meant that I have had fun planting last autumn and this spring. My approach to the garden was firstly to make a ...

Autumn Maintenance

During the summer you can relax and enjoy your garden, but autumn is a key time for some important maintenance tasks. Tidying faded perennials A lot of perennials will start to die down from early ...