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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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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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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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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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A boring fence no more

 Small Garden Design: Don’t forget your Fences!   We all have them, surrounding our gardens. Sadly though, many regard fencing as ‘something that’s just there’ in the garden, but fences can really be used a wonderful backdrop to highlight the plants you have. You wouldn’t forget to repaint the sitting room walls in your home, well the same applies outside, when you

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Right plant, wrong place

 Small Garden Design: Move a plant and transform a space       Looking up the drive of this house, your initial reaction is to look between the two shrubs as that is where the gap is rather than at the front door and the camellia (the one on the right) seems to be in the way. 

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