Category Archives: garden tips

The Friday Fix

Introducing  you to the Friday Fix. My weekly blog entry to bring solutions to any garden design problem Email me through the week with your garden design dilemma and I will choose my favourite each Friday and post my ‘Fixes’ [...]

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show July 9 – 14th

Make the most of your day out at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. I have just received my RHS show guide for the show and I find it a vital resource to plan the day.  The showground covers 34 acres [...]

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Snail Free Hostas

  This week a friend asked me what I recommended to prevent slugs eating her Hostas. Of course I rattled off the usual methods. Grit around the base of the plant, copper bands, chemical control, eggshells. We’ve heard them all [...]

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Create a pretty autumn container

Create your own autumn planter What I used 1 x Frost proof planter £12.99 (about 12” or 30cm diameter) 1 x Carex ‘Frosted Curls’ £7.99 3 x Mini cyclamen £9.99 (Per pack of 6) 1 x Polystyrene tray of Viola [...]

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Autumn

My three late summer or early autumn dazzlers. Echinacea, Heuchera and Rudbeckia It’s still not too late to appreciate some late summer colour, still hanging on in my garden are Roses, Fuchsia and my favourites the  Rudbeckia and Heleniums. And [...]

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Look after your perennials

I heard a lady on Gardeners Question Time ask why her Dicentra spectabilis or (bleeding heart) had been so lovely in spring, but has now become so sick looking she was sure it was dying. Dicentra spectabilis You could hear a faint [...]

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How to get a great result in a small garden

When a client called asking for help with a small city garden I was pleased to assist. Small and awkward spaces are my passion. The brief was to take a small uninspiring space (see 1st image below) and make something [...]

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Children’s Amaryllis Challenge.

This makes a great Christmas gift for Children as they can do it over the Christmas holiday and continue growing on until it flowers. You can either buy a pre-prepared kit for each child but if you want the challenge [...]

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10 climbers for a sunny wall

Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ Fast growing soft wood shrub it has orange and yellow bell shaped flowers throughout the summer  Akebia quinta (The chocolate vine) A vigorous twining climber.  It has small oval shaped leads presented as leaflets of 5 leaves. [...]

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Watering your garden

Opinions can be mixed on this subject I personally favour the non watering method for most plants. Especially if you are on a water metre and don’t have water recycling facilities. There are exceptions such as edible crops, plants grown [...]

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