Trees for Small Gardens

spring trees

🌳Top Ten Ideas for trees for small gardens If you have a small garden, don’t rule out trees. There are many species, for example crab apples, maples and cherries that even the smallest of gardens will accommodate. It will have to work hard to justify its space and must be chosen carefully. The following are my top ten trees for … Read More

Alternative Lawn Ideas

Alternative lawn ideas

Plants as Alternative Lawn Ideas Many people love a stripy green lawn but it can be hard work to keep it looking good. Sometimes there are areas in a garden where you might want a patch of green without all the hassle of maintenance, where mowing grass is not a viable option. In these situations there are plants that could … Read More

How to Create a Wildflower Meadow

how to create a wildflower meadow

How to create a wildflower meadow in the garden? How to create a wildflower meadow is a question I’m often asked, very happy to answer and indeed encourage! Small things in a garden can have a big impact and there is a growing awareness that by deliberately leaving an area to grow more freely is the best way to help … Read More

How to Improve Soil Drainage

Spring garden

It all starts with the soil! Here’s how to improve soil drainage If you want an abundant garden jammed with healthy plants you have to have good drainage. Most  plants will not flourish in heavy, waterlogged soil so the essential ingredient to a good garden is to improve soil drainage. Getting it right is a continuing process. There are no … Read More

November Gardening Jobs

Plant tulips this month as the temperature is cool enough to discourage fungal diseases. Check for blue mould on your bulbs and do not plant them if you discover it. They do require good drainage so you can mix your soil with gravel if your soil is heavy clay. The end that tapers is the top of the bulb and … Read More

Maintenance Jobs for the November Garden

November can be a damp, raw month and although flowers can be scarce in the garden, there are still berries, evergreen foliage and bark to add interest on even the dullest of days. You can warm yourself up by tidying the garden and preparing for the winter ahead. It’s also a good time to check your tools, catch up on … Read More

How to create a Colourful Autumn Garden

October brings a wonderful richness of colour to the garden and the clear sunny days and night frosts that we often get at this time of year lead to the intensity of colour in leaves and shrubs. For me, the ideal autumn garden is not only one that’s ablaze with clusters of fiery red and orange berries hanging on branches … Read More

September Garden Maintenance Tips

Finish pruning evergreen hedges or topiary, such as yew and box, this month. This will give material for semi-ripe cuttings, if you want to increase your stock. Strip off all the leaves and side shoots so that only about 5cm of foliage remains and plant the stem into a container of gritty compost around the edge of a plant pot. … Read More

Garden Planning Ideas: Spring-Flowering Bulbs

A well-designed garden always has lots of bulbs involved. There are hardly any areas of a garden that bulbs can’t be planted. You can plant bulbs between shrubs or herbaceous plants, in rock gardens or in the lawn. In planning a garden, bulbs are a very useful addition to a planting scheme and even if you don’t have a garden … Read More

How to Keep Your September Garden Looking Good

September is a wonderful month for gathering the harvest and watching the rich autumnal colours develop. While we can savour sunny days, gardeners are always planning for the future and you can start to think about shaping your garden for next year by planting new trees, shrubs and perennials. Late September is often the best time for planting as the … Read More