Author Archives: Rachel

Bad pruning

Small Garden Design: Hedges   OK, bet there is a driveway near you that looks like this.     One of the reasons to avoid conifer hedging is that once pruned, the plant will not regenerate, so you end up with a dead mess to look at. 

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Garden bloopers and how to fix them

Garden Bloopers – we’ve all had some There are many design mistakes people make with gardens, and most of them can be sorted out fairly easily (albeit with a little physical effort), but that won’t cost the earth, just a little of your time.  As someone told me once, life is too short to skimp on cheap wine… don’t put up

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Lack of real advice when choosing plants

  Small Garden Design: There’s lot’s of advice but not much help!   Not the best plant combination!   Whenever I used to go round garden centres or places, many people, including at time me, tendend to exhibit similar buying patterns – We all wander round, with a loose thought that ‘they would like to get something for the garden’. 

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Alliums Plants that are totally independent are really special, by that I mean, you plant, up they come, they fade away and repeat the same cycle year after year. Alliums are absolutely fantastic plants, and I think they work really well with Tulips. As the tulips fade these are coming into flower, yet they take up no real space in

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Right plant, wrong place

 Small Garden Design: Move a plant and transform a space       Looking up the drive of this house, your initial reaction is to look between the two shrubs as that is where the gap is rather than at the front door and the camellia (the one on the right) seems to be in the way. 

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