Tag Archives: blue

Lavender

Lavender serves many purposes in the garden, firstly it reminds you of summer holidays on the continent which is good, secondly it smells wonderful, which is also good, thirdly for the truly industrious amongst you, it provides flowers to dry, add to cooking, put in posies, put in bags to help you sleep etc, which is also good, but by

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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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Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non scripta)

Bluebells, the British Isles’ vision in spring, I don’t know anyone who does not say ‘oooh how lovely’ when they see a wood with its carpet of blue – well apart from my husband, but I’m sure he thinks it!  They can make wonderful garden plants too, but they do easily spread.   However, English bluebells (hyacinthoides non scripta) are

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Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

This is an annual plant, I absolutely love it because it has happy flowers; when forget me not flowers and you know the warm sunshine is just around the corner.   The other reason I love it is it seeds everywhere but doesn’t intimidate other plants, it just wriggles in-between them, filling up gaps with little happy blue smiles.  

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Why do we need blue roses?

I don’t know about you, but why is there such an obsession amongst growers to make flowers bloom in every possible colour, it is almost the holy grail of plant breeding to develop the most perfect blue rose – why?   There are hundreds of beautiful roses out there, hundreds, which cover the whole of the spectrum of colour except

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The problem with mixed boxes of plants!

  One of my pet hates are mixed boxes of bedding plants, because it is so easy to go home and plop everything in one place, and it just looks untidy.  I mean in your sitting room would you mix pink, white blue yellow and green over brown and grey walls, (I am hoping you all are saying ‘no’ at

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Curves

Small Garden Design: Curves in the garden make it look wider   The basic idea here is to show you that with only very few plants you can make your garden appear wider. In the image below, the garden is dominated by the view of the fence and there are a few plants around the edges. So what do you see?

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Even Garages can be loved!

  Small Garden Design: Every bit matters, honestly!   OK it’s a garage, it’s a functional space, why bother? Well why not bother too?   In my opinion, we can all make the place we live in just a little bit lovelier with a little bit of effort.  I am sure all of you would enjoy the dog walk a

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Elymus Majellicus

I have always loved grasses in the garden, I know they can look untidy sometimes, but like my own hair, a quick comb through and all is good again.   The absolute best thing about this grass is – it’s blue, and the more sun it has, the more blue it is!  OK it’s not royal or french blue, but

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Making the most of what you have

Small Garden Design: Banish Boring Bits! Not everyone is blessed with beautiful houses in stunning locations, in fact most of us in the UK live in towns or cities in road after road and they all ens up looking the same. So how do you go about improving the look of your house, without spending a fortune!     Two problems

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