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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Phormium

Most of you will have seen these plants, usually they are the enormous Ternax variety, which is a bronze coloured plant with huge strap like leaves that look like giant toothpicks.    These are nice plants, but generally they are too big for the average garden and they tend to swamp anything near.    However, phormiums are tough and trouble

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Bedding

Just because something has been around for years, it doesn’t mean it is the best or most suitable option.   Take corsets for example, no self respecting lady was seen without one for hundreds of years until someone developed a more practical and comfortable alternative – this is exactly what I think about bedding!     I know Nurseries and

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Pot Collections!

Small Garden Design: Get your Pots right!     Not everyone likes cutting grass or wants the perceived work load of lots of plants, so a few pots are a good  alternative for many people, but there are ways to ‘do’ pots and ways not to.   Here the pots are arranged in a loose ten pin bowling arrangement, there

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Miscanthus

Miscanthus are grasses, but don’t think these are little things that the mower should run over, there are over 50 varieties of this beautiful plant.   They generally grow at least 4ft (1.5m) tall, a few are shorter and some can easily get to 10ft (3m) tall. The range of colours is immense, green, yellow, stripy, one with pink tassels,

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Football goals can look OK

Garden Design Tips – Football Goals It is possible to have children, a football goal and flowers with a little forward planning and design cunning!  There are two problems if you have kids who love to play football. Firstly the damage from flying footballs and energetic mini-Messi’s and secondly the wear to the grass in front of a goal. Gardening with

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‘Pictoral’ labelling

  Perhaps I am too much of a plantophile, but I really think the way plant labels have become soulless detracts from the reason you buy plants.  Too often on the back all you get is a pictogram of a sun, half a sun, Roman numerals and  height number in cm’s.  Now these are all very well, I know how to plant

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Size and placement

  Small Garden Design : Size Matters   This person has clearly thought about their front garden and has planted a really well looked after box hedge, and they have bought two specimen plants the phormium and rosemary for the inside.    There a a couple of issues here, firstly that the plants don’t fill the area despite being big, so

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Statement planting

Small Garden Design: Statement planting       These two centurians are designed to mark the entrance to communal flats, bold plants that have been structurally pruned, that should state “walk this way“, the trouble is it hasn’t really worked. What is actually there is two rather sorry specimens that have failed to make the grade not only are they

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Check the ‘size in 5’!

Small Garden Design: Don’t plant a problem!   Another new garden border by the house builder, it looks OK right now, but all these plants are doing is storing up a problem for the new home owner (and as these are starter homes – it’s probably their first garden too) – thanks!     OK, so what is wrong, well

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