The Easter weekend tends to be a time when a lot of people start to think about their garden. If the weather is nice, every garden centre across the land will be jammed packed with people frantically purchasing plants for their garden. The serious folks are lining up at 9am on Good Friday and are probably back on the Saturday for yet more plants. And by Monday the … [Read more...] about Improve Your Garden Now – Here’s How…
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The Importance of Space Space, they tell us is the final frontier. I disagree, at least when it comes to garden design. Space is the FIRST frontier. When it comes to gardens, people are passionate about plants; they are passionate about garden features. Unfortunately those things are not what make a garden great. They certainly add to a garden’s greatness but they are not … [Read more...] about The Secret To A Great Garden Is…
A while ago we looked at why it is so important you plan your garden before it's built. But there is one thing that is crucial to get right before you even get to the planning stage. The dreaded garden survey! Why do so many people avoid this part? Well tapemeasureaphobia is usually to blame for that. But there is another factor. Let's be honest, striding round your garden, … [Read more...] about Is your garden a ‘Sagger’?
Best laid plans Don't you just love it when you have a really good idea, one that will undoubtedly be helpful and inspiring for people but there's a small technical glitch that throws a spanner in the works? Well, I've discovered a bit of a glitch with this particular monthly feature on inspirational gardens and the people behind them. The first one I choose, the wonderful … [Read more...] about Inspirational Gardens part 2 (sort of!)
In last week's blog post we looked at how to tackle a tiny courtyard garden for reader Rachel Scott. This week we are going to look at the second part of Rachel's question - what to do with a small roof terrace. Plus look out for the special announcement at the bottom of the page... Most of the design tips below will also be applicable for small town gardens and walled … [Read more...] about BIG ideas for roof gardens [part 2]
What makes for good garden design? It's such a subjective topic...although one should not ignore strong technical elements. Consumer garden needs are always changing which means that the 'design sands are always shifting'. Here are just a few thoughts on what is needed to make a good garden great....writes guest blogger Philip Voice. I am not too sure that any single … [Read more...] about What makes a great garden?
This week we are looking at the more practical aspects of garden (yard) landscaping. There is always a lot written about how to tackle small gardens but what do you do if you have a really small garden? This was a question posed to me by one of our readers, Rachel Scott. Rachel lives in Sydney, Australia and has two tiny outside spaces she wants to landscape; a very small … [Read more...] about BIG ideas for tiny gardens [part 1]
Someone kindly(?) referred to this website as "porn for garden lovers." As much as l laughed at that, it has made me think; are people just ogling and not actually doing? I want this to be a useful resource where you can come and get the tuition you need (move on from the porn analogy, if you haven't already). I thought if I did this website, offered free advice, people … [Read more...] about Does it take a carrot or a stick to produce a great garden?
I admit that is a statement I was never expecting to make. I've been designing gardens professionally for the last eighteen years. It's how I earn my living. I charge people a fee to convert their ideas and lifestyle aspirations into a beautiful garden. So, why after so many years in the business have I come to the conclusion you'd be better off doing it yourself? Well, we … [Read more...] about Why You Can Create a Better Garden Than a Designer
We are getting back to gardens this week after the frivolity of last week's Honest Scrap Award. This is the first of a new monthly-ish feature on inspirational gardens. I've chosen this first one to get the ball rolling, then all subsequent gardens are chosen by the person I've interviewed, which should, I hope, make for an interesting journey for us all. Garden Design … [Read more...] about Inspirational Gardens and the People Behind Them [part 1]