Category Archives: Garden Advice the PlantPlots Way!

How to get Low Maintenance Hedges

As part of our series on creating a low maintenance garden we thought it a good idea to see how you can grow a low maintenance hedge! Ah hedges, us Brits love hedges!   There are millions of miles of hedging in our gardens, some more lovingly maintained than others and some are works of art in their own right. We trim

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How to get Low Maintenance Paths

Paths – we’ve all got them   Top tips for reducing the amount of time on unwanted garden chores! We all have paths in our gardens, but the choice of the type of path to use can really affect how much time you have to spend on unwanted chores and tidying up.   So what advice and tips are there for ensuring the

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What is a Low Maintenance Garden – part 2

How to actually create one! We all love the idea of having a low maintenance garden, it conjures an image of lazy summer days spent in your garden watching the bees buzzing and you just relaxing. The reality though, generally involves you spending far too much time on mowing the grass, trimming the edges, weeding paths and taming the triffids! But with a

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What is a Low Maintenance Garden? part 1

What is a Low Maintenance Garden and how can I have one?   We would all love to have a beautiful but low maintenance garden, but what do we really mean by the phrase ‘low maintenance garden’?     Reducing the amount of time spent on unwanted chores in the garden is always desirable, but really low maintenance gardens take a lot

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Real Gardeners Love Life – but what about the bugs!

Insect Friendly Flowers also attract bugs Why would you want to attract insects to the plants and flowers in your garden – all they do is eat them! That’s true, but it is absolutely vital to human survival that they do!     To explain, first we have to take a step out of your garden.  Humans are part of the great ecosystem

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How ‘green’ are Bedding Plants?

How ‘Green’ are Bedding Plants?   A strange title you may be thinking, of course bedding plants are green – they’re plants and all the plants we put in our gardens must be good for the environment surely?   In the UK nearly £1bn is spent on bedding plants each year – that’s a lot of money and an awful

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What to do with the bins!

Tips for Small Garden Design: Bins.   Bins, we all have them, but in a small garden how can you spend time enjoying your garden without the wheelie bins on show! Not the prettiest sight are they, but you can hide them. However rather than thinking of simply hiding the bins….think of something to look at that will ALSO hide the

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Narrow Alleys and Courtyards

Small Garden Design: Don’t stuff your narrow bits with clutter!   Alleyways and narrow gardens are always a little tricky to garden. Two reasons, they are narrow, so too much stuff and it looks cluttered and usually they are in deep shade so don’t see much sun or rain for that matter. So what to do.   Take this drawing of a

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

Small Garden Design: Don’t start at the bottom! He’s a bit dapper and makes quite an impression, but what part are you looking at, all of him?   just this bit……or only this little bit? OK, just so you don’t think I have completely lost the plot, there is a point to this.   I’ll bet you are more impressed

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Narrow spaces

Small Garden Design: You don’t need a digger to widen the garden, just some well placed curvy bits.     Narrow spaces are always quite tricky, they can easily look like alleyways if you are not careful.  The simplest trick is to move your eye from side to side as it travels down the garden.

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