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Daffodils – the star of the show or the Cinderella of

Do we take daffodils for granted" My Twitter feed is packed with people posting images of snowdrops in February. They’re beautiful. Snowdrops are so...
03-04-2021 21:59

How to save money on your gardening

Where should you save money on your gardening and when should you spend" Gardening isn’t an expensive hobby, but everything we do costs something. N...
27-03-2021 21:57

What are the basics of gardening that everyone needs to know

The basics of gardening in an easy-to-understand list - find out what you need to know to create a beautiful garden that\'s right for you. The post Wh...
20-03-2021 21:58

10 practical and beautiful outdoor seating ideas

Outdoor seating ideas for your garden - how to incorporate attractive garden seating into your design, including DIY and recycled ideas. The post 10 p...
13-03-2021 21:57

3 very simple things you can do to create an eco friendly ga

How to create a more eco friendly garden. 3 easy, practical tips from Sally Nex, author of How to Garden The Low Carbon Way. They\'ll save you time an...
06-03-2021 21:53

My favourite garden tools and products for 2021

The right garden tools and products make gardening so much easier and more comfortable. We’ve suffered from gloves that don’t fit, garden forks th...
27-02-2021 21:54

The really simple guide to making your own garden compost

Making your own garden compost is really easy. And it’s fabulously good for your garden plants. Professional gardeners call it ‘garden gold.’ Pl...
20-02-2021 21:51

Sensible answers to the top ‘is it too late to’

When is it too late to prune fruit trees, mow the lawn, plant spring bulbs and trim lavender" Find out the answer from experts. The post Sensible answ...
12-02-2021 21:56

How to choose a garden style – 12 beautiful garden des

How to pick the right garden style for your garden. Choose from the top 12 garden design ideas to find the one that\'s right for your garden. The post...
07-02-2021 21:55

5 top garden tips for guaranteed gardening success…

The 5 top garden tips you need to know, whatever your climate. Whether you\'re new to gardening or just want some inspiration, these will help you! Th...
30-01-2021 21:57

10 shady garden corner ideas to love – and two to avoi

How to make a shady garden corner work for your garden. Find out the pros and cons of using the space for a shed, greenhouse, pergola or more. The pos...
24-01-2021 21:55

Online garden talks – the new way to enjoy gardening

Online garden talks are an enjoyable and informative way to discover the expertise of top gardening experts. And you can ask questions. They are the 2...
13-01-2021 21:58

How to plan a truly successful flower border

The start of the year is a good time to plan a flower border. So I’ve asked three brilliant garden designers – Lee Burkill of Garden Ninja, Jack W...
10-01-2021 21:59

Christmas table decorations from the garden – quick, e

I’ve just been doing two Christmas table decorations with garden designer and baking star Jane Beedle. Created from foraged seed heads and garden gr...
06-12-2020 21:55

Winter pots – really useful tips!

Did you know that planting winter pots is a little different from planting summer pots" And that’s not just because the plants need to be winter-har...
29-11-2020 21:55

Gardening gifts for Christmas 2020 for around £30 or less

Christmas 2020 has two strong themes. One is online shopping and the other is supporting local businesses. And this is also a year when many people ha...
22-11-2020 21:58

Wildlife friendly garden tips

A wildlife friendly garden is an important part of sustainable living today. Urban gardens have a real part to play. I’ve been talking to Fern Alder...
16-11-2020 21:58

Six top shrubs for late season colour

Six easy-to-grow and brilliantly beautiful shrubs for late season colour, recommended by head gardener Tom Coward of Gravetye Manor Hotel. The post S...
01-11-2020 21:59

How to choose and plant a garden tree for brilliant autumn c

Confused by the huge choice of small garden trees for autumn colour" Head gardener Stephen Herrington, of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, explains how to...
25-10-2020 21:58

The three best alternatives to box for simple topiary

There are only a few good alternatives to box (English boxwood or Buxus sempervirens) for topiary. But I have just visited a delightful private garden...
18-10-2020 22:06

Your autumn gardening strategy

Autumn gardening, these days, starts with planting next summer’s perennials, trees and shrubs. I’ve interviewed some wonderful head gardeners this...
11-10-2020 21:59

Where to place sculpture and garden ornaments

Garden ornaments ? garden art, sculpture and decorations ? can lift your garden to a whole new level. They make your garden look good in all seasons, ...
04-10-2020 21:59

Two fascinating new books about gardens everyone should read

American Gardens by Monty Don and Royal Gardens of the World by Mark Lane cover some of the most influential gardens in the world. They place gardenin...
24-09-2020 21:55

5 ways to use garden planters (plus potscaping tips)

As I was photographing Diane and Robbie Perry’s garden in Kent, I admired the way they use garden planters to add punctuation and colour. They’ve ...
20-09-2020 22:03

What do you do with garden waste"

What to do with garden waste - bags, incinerator, composting and garden shredders. Plus tips on choosing and using the best garden shredder. The post ...
06-09-2020 21:57

How to grow and pick alstroemerias for endless flowers

Alstroemerias are very easy to grow. They flower from May to November in a UK garden and even longer in some other countries. ‘They’ll flower all ...
30-08-2020 22:40

What to plant in a coastal garden…

Coastal garden plants are beautiful, easy-care and very resilient. If your garden is dry or windy and has poor soil, then plants which grow naturally ...
23-08-2020 22:01

Easy budget makeover – from garage to garden room

Francine Raymond, Daily Telegraph gardening writer and author, recently turned her garage into a stylish garden room and potting shed. And she did it ...
16-08-2020 22:07

How do you make a dry garden"

The UK’s most famous dry garden is at the Beth Chatto gardens in Essex. So I visited to talk to head gardener, Asa Gregers-Warg, about how to make a...
09-08-2020 21:59

How to make a herbaceous border look amazing

A herbaceous border is at the heart of most grand gardens. In theory, if you want your borders to look continuously beautiful from May to October, you...
02-08-2020 21:52

North facing garden tips – how to make the most of you

I?ve just visited a narrow north facing garden with some charming thin garden ideas and a wildlife friendly focus. It?s also on a slope ? so the garde...
26-07-2020 21:56

Growing roses – expert tips from Hever Castle rose gar

Hever Castle is famous for growing roses. It has more than 4,000 of them. So I asked head gardener, Neil Miller for his best tips on growing roses in ...
19-07-2020 21:54

Do you love or hate hydrangeas" The facts vs the myths

Hydrangeas are a flower that is both adored and deplored. Naomi Slade has written a beautiful and definitive guide, called Hydrangeas (published by Pa...
05-07-2020 21:54

Why you need a butterfly garden – and how to plant it

Have you considered planting your borders as a ‘butterfly garden"’ We all know it’s important to support bees, because the decline in pollinatin...
28-06-2020 21:53

The honest truth about how to divide perennials

Do your eyes glide over the advice to ‘divide perennials’ in spring and autumn" I always used to think that dividing perennials was for perfect ga...
25-06-2020 21:56

Growing irises – the answers to your questions

I?ve been talking to iris specialists Iris of Sissinghurst about growing irises. Sue Marshall owns and runs Iris of Sissinghurst and they only grow ir...
25-06-2020 21:56

Garden Day and other online gardening events

Garden Day  is one of this year’s crop of online gardening events. It’s today (May 10th) and we’re invited to drop our tools to just simply enjo...
25-06-2020 21:56

What is cottage garden style" And how to achieve itR

Cottage garden style means a colourful mix of flowers, packed in together with herbs and edibles. It is relaxed and pretty ? but are there secrets or ...
25-06-2020 21:56

The no-nonsense guide to weeding your garden easily

The real truth about weeding your garden - which methods work best, how to weed without chemicals and which weeding tools to choose. The post The no-n...
25-06-2020 21:56

10 beautiful pink flowers for your summer garden

Pink flowers are at the heart of my summer garden colour. While editing my photos for my summer garden tour, I noticed that the most beautiful plants ...
25-06-2020 21:56

How to increase your garden privacy

3 top garden privacy tips - how to make your garden look and feel more private! The post How to increase your garden privacy appeared first on The M...
25-06-2020 21:56

How to choose the best climbing plant for your garden

There are five important questions you need to ask before buying a climbing plant. Is your climbing plant going to be planted in sun or shade" And don...
25-06-2020 21:56

English country garden style – what it is and how to a

English country garden style is loved all over the world. But many beautiful ‘English country’ gardens are not even in England. So it can be quite...
25-06-2020 21:56

The late spring garden tour of the Middlesized Garden

I’d like to take you on a late spring garden tour, because May is such a beautiful month in the garden. And I have some recommendations for good gar...
25-06-2020 21:56

Growing rhododendrons – everything you need to know

You may not have thought about growing rhododendrons in your garden. They come in brilliant colours, they’re easy care and they love shade.  If your...
25-06-2020 21:56

Can you buy plants online"

How to buy plants online from small specialist nurseries, online-only plant stores or local nursery garden centres which deliver or do mail order. The...
02-04-2020 21:43

Growing veg – the 8 mistakes you can easily avoid

I am officially no good at growing veg. So I?m not going to tell you how to grow any individual vegetable ? there are lots of other excellent bloggers...
29-03-2020 21:41

Where to plant spring bulbs + spring garden tour

Tips from Doddington Place Gardens on where to plant spring bulbs, how to choose your spring bulbs and what to do after they\'ve flowered. The post Wh...
22-03-2020 21:40

What is a modern country gardener"

Tamsin Westhorpe, author of Diary of a Modern Country Gardener, talks about how garden visiting and garden tools have changed for the better The post ...
15-03-2020 21:39

2020 garden trends from the Garden Press Event

Discover the 2020 garden trends to make your garden more beautiful, easier to look after or more sustainable. Tips from experts at the Garden Press Ev...
08-03-2020 21:39

What you need to know about tree ferns for a cool climate

How to choose tree ferns for a cool climate, where and how to plant them in your garden, how to water tree ferns, prune them and look after them in wi...
01-03-2020 21:40

Garden inspiration from a medium sized garden

This is the second of two posts on inspiration from a medium sized garden. The first post was about a garden designed by the late Grant Saltmarsh, upd...
23-02-2020 21:42

8 beautiful and unusual medium sized garden ideas

These are my favourite medium sized garden ideas from two private gardens I’ve just visited. Middle-sized gardens are often referred to as a ‘smal...
16-02-2020 21:40

How to plant on a slope

Maybe your whole garden is sloping" O perhaps you just have to plant on a slope in one border" Either way, it can be frustrating. I only have the tini...
09-02-2020 21:43

How to choose a garden gate

What to think about when you\'re looking for a new garden gate. How to choose a gate or have it tailored made for you. Plus garden gate ideas. The pos...
26-01-2020 21:43

How to use easy topiary shapes in stylish ways

Easy topiary might seem like a contradiction in terms. Many of the great topiary gardens have lots of wonderful elaborate shapes that have taken years...
19-01-2020 21:42

How conifers can transform your year-round garden

Conifers have had a bad reputation in the past. When Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told a group of Garden Media Guild journalists that he planned to ...
12-01-2020 21:42

Easy topiary – use simple shapes for stunning effects

The post Easy topiary – use simple shapes for stunning effects appeared first on The Middle-Sized Garden....
11-01-2020 21:41

Low maintenance front garden ideas – the myths and the

A good low maintenance front garden will lift your heart every time you open your front door. It’ll cheer up the neighbourhood, too – your front g...
04-01-2020 21:45

What you really need to know about gardening advice

Gardening advice isn?t just about finding out the facts. It’s not just about how to do things – like prune roses. It?s about finding your own gard...
15-12-2019 21:42

The rise and rise of the extra large wreath…

If you want a wreath for your wall or above your fireplace, then an extra large wreath will probably look better than the size normally used on front ...
08-12-2019 21:39

How to plant a winter window box

I asked garden designer and GBBO finalist Jane Beedle (@janebbakes on Instagram) for her tips on planting a winter window box. First we went along to ...
01-12-2019 21:45

Winter gardening – what NOT to do (or what not to worr

I’ve been pulling together winter gardening tips with Erin Schanen who runs the excellent The Impatient Gardener channel on Youtube. On her channel,...
25-11-2019 21:40

How to care for your dahlias in winter

I never dig up my dahlias in winter. And I have grown dahlias – successfully – for fifteen years. But this year I am digging up the dahlias. All o...
17-11-2019 21:43

The feel-good November garden to-do list

Lets focus on the best things about the November garden. It’s a beautiful time of year, but it’s also sad as the old year creaks and flutters slow...
10-11-2019 21:40

How to save money on garden design

How to save money on garden design - tips from top garden designers, plus how to save money on paths, paving, landscaping, planting and more. The post...
03-11-2019 21:46

How to decorate with indoor plants – latest trends

Decorate with indoor plants - how to arrange houseplants, where to put plants in the home, interior decorating with plants and best indoor plants to c...
27-10-2019 21:41

The new approach to garden weeds and why you need it

I?ve been talking to garden designer and writer Jack Wallington about common garden weeds. His book, Wild About Weeds ? Designing with Rebel Plants, p...
20-10-2019 21:40

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs – at the heart of the gar

The Great Dixter Plant Fairs are a brilliant place to buy the best and most unusual plants. And they are also where professional horticulturalists and...
13-10-2019 21:43

10 easy care evergreen pots for year round impact

For the next six months, the evergreen pots in my garden will create almost all the structure and impact. But they need very little care and put up wi...
06-10-2019 21:43

Everything you need to know about growing hydrangeas

Growing hydrangeas is a no-brainer if you want a garden with year-round interest. They flower from mid-summer until the end of the year. And in autumn...
29-09-2019 21:39

How to make money from your garden – growing cut flowe

Sue Oriel has started a business growing cut flowers to sell from her garden. It’s called Country Lane Flowers, which she runs with her friend and n...
15-09-2019 21:40

Possibly the greatest gardening mistake you can make"

The worst gardening mistake you can make is not about planting. It’s not about pruning wrongly. Nor is it about failing to do something, like aerate...
04-09-2019 21:43

Growing dahlias – everything you need to know

Answers to questions about growing dahlias from dahlia expert Steven Edney, head gardener at The Salutation Hotel & Gardens. When to plant dahlias, ho...
01-09-2019 21:38

10 small garden planting ideas that really work

Small garden planting ideas that really work! How to choose and place plants to make your garden feel bigger and more beautiful. And why planting tha...
25-08-2019 21:40

10 garden planting ideas for small gardens (part 1)

Border planting ideas for small gardens. What works well in a limited space and why it\'s often different for larger gardens. How to choose and combin...
18-08-2019 21:39

The secrets of contemporary garden design (on the cheap!)

Garden designer Jane Beedle has turned her own muddy back yard into a stylish, colourful contemporary garden in just four months. All on a tight budge...
11-08-2019 21:40

Plants that spread – the key to easy, successful garde

Plants that spread can save you so much time and money. And they’re the plants that create colour in my garden from July to the first frosts. My top...
04-08-2019 21:40

5 homemade fertilisers that will make your garden grow

Here are five effective – but easy – homemade fertilisers for your garden from the organic Abbey Physic Community Garden in Faversham. Comfrey or ...
28-07-2019 21:42

What you need to know about garden steps

How high your garden steps should be, how deep, which materials to choose and garden step ideas from traditional and contemporary gardens.The post Wha...
21-07-2019 21:38

Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration

Garden designer and BBC presenter Arit Anderson on how to find garden design inspiration from everything around you - from great gardens like Kew to g...
14-07-2019 21:40

Curved gardens are back in a big way

Curved garden designs can make your garden feel more private or seem bigger. Discover ideas for curved garden paths, borders and arches from the show ...
07-07-2019 21:40

How to buy the best gazebo for your garden

What to look for in a pop-up gazebo, and how to pick the best gazebo for your garden. Plus how to decide whether to pay more or buy the budget version...
30-06-2019 21:39

Self-seeded vs weeds – can you achieve the magic balan

I’ve been thinking about the balance of self-seeded vs weeds in my garden this year. We are open next Sunday for the Faversham Open Gardens & Garden...
23-06-2019 21:41

13 beautiful ideas for your garden from BBC Gardeners World

I’ve seen a number of really pretty ideas for your garden at BBC Gardeners World Live 2019. What about trying naturalistic, all-green or cottage gar...
16-06-2019 21:39
 



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