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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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What does your front garden say about you?

Small Garden Design: Make your front door a really welcoming entrance      We believe that everyone can have a lovely garden even if you can’t afford to spend very much. We have always tried to show you how you can achieve a gorgeous garden with only a small amount of effort and having only spent what you can easily

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Lavender

Lavender serves many purposes in the garden, firstly it reminds you of summer holidays on the continent which is good, secondly it smells wonderful, which is also good, thirdly for the truly industrious amongst you, it provides flowers to dry, add to cooking, put in posies, put in bags to help you sleep etc, which is also good, but by

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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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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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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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Papaver

Papaver or Oriental Poppies are a bit like the Oscars.   Anticipation then an over exuberance of intense activity that looks fab for a few days, then having partied hard – flop down for a rest till next year. However life would be very dull without the Oscars, and we all love a drama queen (usually), so I do think they are worth

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Aquilegia

Many regard this plant as falling into the ‘cottage garden’ category only, but it is far more versatile than that.   I would use these to kick start a plot in the springtime as they are pretty plants anyway, although the flowers don’t last very long, the leaves are delicate and hide bare patches of ground whilst allowing light through. 

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Tulips

Any garden without tulips is missing something – a bit like dressing up for dinner or a night out and forgetting to put your jewellery on.  They are meant to pop up and yell ‘look at me I’m a drama queen’.    Tulips catch your attention when not a great deal of large sized flowers are out.  Their role is

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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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