Category Archives: Garden Advice the PlantPlots Way!

How to Design a Small Garden

Garden sizes aren’t what they used to be, many modern gardens are small and often odd shapes. This reduction in area makes designing more difficult, what can you put in and what should you leave out of the garden. Traditionally gardens have been designed around a lawn with flower beds and a small patio, but this layout doesn’t work well

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7 Best Garden Design Tips

If there is one thing the Covid pandemic lockdowns have demonstrated to everyone, is the importance of being outside and how gardens affect our mental wellbeing. Gardens and green spaces are so important because of how they make us feel. But often gardens just don’t deliver what they should, and that is down to the design. Designing a garden however

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The Plotting Shed Autumn Series

Welcome back to the Plotting Shed – probably the best garden design podcast in the world! Why; because we think like you; not like a garden designer. Our aim is to make gardening easier for you.

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Best Low Maintenance Garden Tip

I am going to start on a tangent here; talking about household chemicals and our desire for germ-free and clean houses. Societal ‘norms’, the expected modus operandi condition us to behave in a certain way, and on the whole this is good. However it is also a good thing to step back occasionally and take stock of why we do

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Best Garden Design Books

Summer is the best time to see how your garden is growing and whether your plan is working!! But if your garden is not behaving itself – or it’s just not making you smile…. there’s a great little book that’s perfect for you! Now I will blow my own trumpet but one of the best garden design books you could

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PlantPlots Design

2021 – has been our best year ever! PlantPlots Design Service just took off this year with orders from all over the country, in case you were wondering why I haven’t been posting as much. It’s because I have been flat out designing loads of gardens! Now that the summer has well and truly arrived and everyone is enjoying being

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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 make a garden – design advice for first time gardeners

Geranium johnsons blue flower in sun close up

How very exciting, you have become the owner of your first ever garden! But it’s also a little daunting, especially if you are new to gardening also, what do you do, where do you begin, what do you need to know? How to make a garden! Where to start? Well, creating your first ever garden surprisingly does not involve you

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