Author Archives: Rachel

How to Make a Garden Feel Bigger..

How to make a garden feel bigger than it actually is! 4 simple design methods to make the best use of your garden. Now, we could now start by showing you images of gardens that look like this… but at PlantPlots, we don’t really think these help especially if your garden looks something more like this… What you really want

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Muddled Gardens!

Muddled gardens – sadly creep up on the unsuspecting gardener, these are gardens that once followed a plan, but that over time have morphed and evolved into a bit of a muddled mess! This post accompanies the 2 podcast episode on Muddled Gardens. There are two parts to consider, the design layout and the planting layout. Design Layout go Back

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Creating Impactful Borders

show garden at hampton court flower show yellow and black modern theme

This post links to my podcast where I talk about creating impactful borders. Most garden designs are not expensive or major overhauls of the garden, most involve just reworking what is already there. So how can you make the most of a small border or garden? There are 3 basic principles to follow: Create a contrast with the surroundings Concentrate

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – Suburban Gardens

suburban garden redesigned with grey paving and asymmetric borders

Suburban Gardens; make yours stand out from the crowd Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most common forms is the suburban garden. Streets and roads lines with similar looking houses with a front garden and a rectangular garden at the back. The world of suburbia can be lovely, but it can also be uniform, regimented

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design – shallow sloping garden

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, but modern gardens tend to come in one particular size, which is small! Small gardens aren’t in themselves a problem, but size does matter. Here, we are looking at the decision process in dealing with a shallow sloping garden, and how to make them usable. This client had recently moved into a new

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3 Growbags book review..

We also very much liked the emphasis placed on the idea that a garden doesn’t have to be perfect to make you happy – an important message for all of us! the 3 growbags 1/10/20 A big thank you to the 3 growbags book review. The 3 growbags are sisters who live in Sussex and Scotland and who share their

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How to ‘do’ Garden Mirrors

I have always been a lover of garden mirrors. Mirrors are a great design tool, available in every shape and size, but mostly because; a well placed mirror in the garden can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary! What’s so great about garden mirrors? Mirrors have 4 main functions in any garden, To reflect sunlight into dark spaces They add

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7 simple rules of garden design

Gardens are wonderful places to be, but often the garden just does not deliver what it should. So how does an non-expert create a garden that is practical, affordable and beautiful, when they have never designed a garden before. Follow these 7 simple rules of garden design that help you make the right changes to your garden. Now before we

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Interview with award winning Podcast host Sarah Wilson

Interview Sarah Wilson and PlantPlots Listen to award winning Podcast host Sarah Wilson’s interview with me. Sarah and I had a lovely discussion a few weeks ago about why many people would not consider themselves gardeners even though they love being in a garden. In the interview we discussed how gardens and gardening can be made more enjoyable for

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A Brilliant Book Review

book i want to like my garden book review

I just received this review from award winning blog @MandyCanUDigIt – AND I AM PRETTY CHUFFED! A brilliant garden design book review 🙂 A cracking read packed with common sense for new (and experienced) gardeners! With lockdown meaning so many people turned to that patch of earth between their fence and the back door for relaxation, purpose and solace,

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