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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How can you get ‘inspiration’ from a £250k show garden – really?

Small Garden Design: Show gardens are just for show!   Show gardens are amazing, super expensive, but amazing.  Everything is perfect, most are incredibly beautiful and stuffed to bursting with the most beautiful plants and offset by spectacular sculptures, gazebos, patios and furniture.    It is our glimpse at how those gardens behind elaborate electric fences would (or should) look – and

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Narrow spaces

Small Garden Design: You don’t need a digger to widen the garden, just some well placed curvy bits.     Narrow spaces are always quite tricky, they can easily look like alleyways if you are not careful.  The simplest trick is to move your eye from side to side as it travels down the garden.

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Garden Design Tips – Ugly Views & how to hide them

Garden Design Tips: Hiding Ugly Views How to hide Ugly Garden Sheds & Long Concrete Paths You can do something about those eyesores..even in a small garden! and here’s how… Have a colour theme:

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Poor Topiary

On the plus side, this is bold, dramatic and gets noticed, but conifers don’t take to topiary well, as it will only generate new growth on green shoots, so cutting hard to take this shape will mean you get green bits and a lot of brown dead looking bits, not the look for your showstopping statement!    The owners have

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A north facing front garden

A fairly typical front garden scene, but what do you see, what catches the eye and what does it say? You only see flat and up, your eye is drawn along the grass until it meets the wall, and there is a lot of flat ground.

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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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