Category Archives: Garden Design Ideas

Hampton Court Flower Show

the Good, the Bad and the Unrealistic! This is the final post specifically about the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021; and I must say that the show organisers have pulled a show together in the most difficult of circumstances. So congratulations to all, the World and Nature have thrown biblical events about like confetti over the last 18 months;

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Are RHS Show Gardens worth copying?

In other words – how to not let show gardens deceive you! OK, so am I being harsh, well actually no. Having visited several shows over the years, the show gardens and display gardens although lovely and fabulous, do very little to help the average garden owner or novice gardener. The reality can sometimes be the opposite and can cause

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RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021

We came, We saw, We thought …. I was so excited this year to receive my first ever Press Pass to this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show! So myself and trusty photographer friend H, (whom you will all soon meet in the next series of podcasts from ‘The Plotting Shed‘) rose at the crack of dawn to drive to

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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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Interview with award winning Podcast host Sarah Wilson

Interview Sarah Wilson and PlantPlots https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/roots-and-all/id1399040612?mt=2 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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Asymmetric garden design

Geranium johnsons blue flower in sun close up

I thouht I would just share with you our latest garden design for one of our lovely customers. This was a great design to do as the brief was for a person who loved plants and wanted to lose themselves in the garden… so it really gave me the chance to let my inner designer loose! The result was a

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Congratulations to our competition winner – Alice!

Now clearly we aren’t going to be able to hide a shed quite this big…. so the trick is was make this border as interesting as possible. Alice wanted a really pretty, cottage style, easy care, low maintenance, football friendly border that was also a magnet for bees and butterflies … and that would also hide the shed….! OK, it

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Inside the Mind of a Garden Design

We thought we’d let you in on a few secrets, on how we go about creating a design for a garden, the thought process we use and the reasons why we chose to design a garden in that particular way – so you get inside the mind of a garden design! We will be honest in saying that this particular

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Make your garden look like a Chelsea Show Garden

Chelsea Show Garden  Want one of these? But have one of these…. In my previous post on Chelsea show gardens, we looked at why it will be nigh on impossible to recreate a show garden at home but that we could take on board bits of the gardens to create a bit more glamour at home.

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Mini-Makeovers :- Garden Ideas for Tiny Back Yards

Garden Ideas: Tiny Back Yards or Courtyards   When space is tight, it can be tricky to make a garden or even to try to have anything that resembles a garden, sadly all too often, the courtyard consists of a couple of bins, the odd bicycle and maybe a threadbare patch of less than immaculate lawn!   But it doesn’t have to be

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