Tag Archives: movement

Gaura

I know I am an advocate for self reliant fuss free plants, but I am also a sucker for romantic comedies – and this plant is definitely in the ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ category of flowers.   ‘Duckface’ was a beautiful woman, but a little highly strung and prone to an occasional strop but she was worth having around – just

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Dierama

Many of you will never have heard of these, but if I tell you their common name is ‘angels fishing rods’, I bet you get an instant mental image even without a picture!     These plants don’t fall into my truly self reliant category, but they are worth having a go.  The best one is the most easily available

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Anemone Japonica

America has ‘Old Faithful’ the geyser that reliably pops up and ‘does it’s thing’ again and again – well this is the the plant world’s equivalent of ‘Old Faithful’.   It is a plant to tuck at the back, as the green of the leaves is quite a dark flat green, but the leaf shape is nice, the plant is not

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

Small Garden Design: Don’t start at the bottom! He’s a bit dapper and makes quite an impression, but what part are you looking at, all of him?   just this bit……or only this little bit? OK, just so you don’t think I have completely lost the plot, there is a point to this.   I’ll bet you are more impressed

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Verbena Bonariensis

What makes a good plant – well in my book,   ones that don’t get smothered with bugs,   one that has pretty, natural looking flowers,   one that grows up and doesn’t flop everywhere,   one that self seeds without becoming a pest,   one that I cut down only once a year and forget,   one that insects

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Crocosmia

Crocosmias are really good at creating spectacular displays without requiring acres of space.   They have bright fresh green sword like leaves, which means they grow up, not outwards and as they don’t have twiggy bits you won’t scratch yourself if they go all the way down the path.    In summer you get tropical red, orange or yellow flowers held

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Paths not runways

Paths not Runways please.   One of the main problems in small garden design is how to deal with paths. Paths by definition have to go somewhere, they need to be hard wearing and they need to be a certain width to be able to walk down comfortably. The problem arises as garden sizes shrink, the path becomes a much more

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Linum Grandiflorum Rubrum

You won’t have heard of this plant, but trust me it falls into the ‘happy flower’ category, and we all need happy! They are annuals, so think sweet pea like foliage (loosely) treat them a bit like sweet peas, but let them set seed and pop up wherever they choose, I guarantee you will smile at the flowers!

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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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Size and placement

  Small Garden Design : Size Matters   This person has clearly thought about their front garden and has planted a really well looked after box hedge, and they have bought two specimen plants the phormium and rosemary for the inside.    There a a couple of issues here, firstly that the plants don’t fill the area despite being big, so

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