September gardening tips: rethinking the garden for dry summers

After the long, hot, dry summer, many of our favourite garden plants have fried, shrivelled, or even died, whilst others have thrived. The extreme weather conditions we have experienced this year may require us to re-think planting schemes now and consider a move towards plants that will cope with the drier summer conditions. If you’ve suffered plant deaths in your … Read More

Modern Cottage Garden Design

Cottage garden design ideas

How to Design a Modern Cottage Garden Modern cottage garden design is possible to achieve, no matter what the size, shape or age of your house. Here is some inspiration and various ideas on how you can get started, based on our garden design and experience over the last twenty years! First things first – the front entrance Not all … Read More

5 Alternatives to Box Hedge

box hedge

In recent years, box hedging and topiary in our gardens have been suffering a two-pronged attack. The first invasion comes from the ‘box tree caterpillar’, which is the larvae of a moth that feeds on box (Buxus) plants. It was first reported in private gardens in around 2011 but has moved rapidly so that now, in 2022, it is well … Read More

Cottage Garden Design Ideas

cottage garden design

Cottage Garden Design Ideas for your Garden This charming typically English country cottage could almost be on the cover of a chocolate box! Based on our experience of designing and landscaping this garden we’ve put together some cottage garden design ideas to help you re-create this attractive style. Visit our inspiration page for more cottage garden design ideas.  Making a … Read More

Summer Hedge Pruning Advice

a womain trimming a box hedge with shears

Complete summer pruning of wisteria this month. Prune all the long new whippy growth back to five or six buds from the main stem. This encourages the plant to produce flower buds. If you have a young plant and want to extend the framework, leave the side shoots on but tie them in to where you want the growth to … Read More

Sheena’s Plant of the Month: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ is a vigorous, deciduous shrub that does well in a shady spot. The large white conical heads flush pink with age and make a magnificent display. The flower heads can be used for drying and it looks good all winter, so don’t be in a hurry to prune.