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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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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Wrong plants entirely!

 Small Garden Design: Have a bit of a plan!   ‘Naff’  is the best way to describe this – and because it was done by a house building firm, I am not insulting any homeowners by saying so!  So what’s wrong with this.  The main problem is the vinca (the green plants in the centre) these are tough grow anywhere

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Geum Mrs Bradshaw

I am a little unusual in that I am the only person on the planet (I think) who doesn’t like the smell of sweet peas, however I haven’t yet met anyone who doesn’t like geums, especially the red one, Mrs Bradshaw.    This little innocuous plant, just sits in the ground, looking frankly, a bit run of the mill, but

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Hellebores

Hellebores: These are definitely garden essentials, they are ‘Royal Marines’ tough, not much likes to eat them, they don’t take over or swamp other plants, they are good for shaded, hard to grow anything in areas and then they flower in the winter when nothing else does! You probably know them as Christmas Roses, and the white one is lovely,

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Stipa Gigantea

Stipa Gigantea:   Not everyone can have this plant in their garden as it does need a bit of space, not because it takes up loads of room, but because grasses belong in the open, so by planting tall grasses next to a wall or squeezed into a narrow gap they will end up looking like a squashed tutu. Grasses

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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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Making features work harder.

Small Garden Design: Don’t waste potential In a small garden, everything must work hard and demand a place in your garden. Small gardens simply don’t have the space for lacklustre or boring plants or areas. If you don’t have much to look at so make sure what you do look at is gorgeous!  

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A lonely bed beside the pavement

 Small Garden Design: Don’t be dull!   One of the most common ‘mistakes’ is to make the border too narrow, so you end up planting everything in a straight line, usually at the same distance apart – the result is not very inspiring and looks a little unnatural.

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‘Estate Agent’ plant descriptions

 Small Garden Design: Read plant labels carefully!   I have made many mistakes when gardening, most of which you learn from, but although you do learn, some of the mistakes made can be a right royal pain in the do-da’s to sort out!  The most annoying mistake I ever made, was buying about 20 bulbs of Allium Triquetrum, now I love

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