If you're struggling for what to buy beloved friends and family for Christmas, then here's some suggestions that might just help you! Sarah Raven Garden Goodies (UK) Writer, broadcaster and teacher, Sarah Raven has put together a lovely selection of garden gifts, with everything ranging from tools, gardening kits, clothing, unusual see mixes and much, much more. Garden … [Read more...] about Gifts for gardeners – ideas to help prevent you buying your loved ones socks (again)!
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Like a lot of gardens, the garden featured in this month's case study was a fairly typical one. It consisted mainly of just lawn with a few plants dotted around and a shed. So, if the majority of your garden is lawn, how do you make it more interesting? Step 1 Create a lawn shape that is simple, yet creates interest and utilises the space well. Step 2 Add some height … [Read more...] about Transforming a bland square shape back garden – Case study
December can be quite a dull time for the garden, but with a few flowering evergreens, to go along side your existing summer flowering plants, you can still have a continuation of interest. The suggestions below can be planted in with your existing plants to add a bit of colour, or you can plant the selection together in the combination below. Right click on the image … [Read more...] about Plant Selection – Dapper in December! And your chance to get a free garden sketch design…
Landscape lighting is a real art form. I will need to immediately tell you that is it not my main area of expertise. When I have a big scheme to do, I always call in a lighting designer. A good lighting designer will work absolute magic. However, having said that, I have picked up one or two useful tips along the way that might help you if you're planning your own lighting … [Read more...] about Garden lighting tips – luscious landscape lighting
L-shaped gardens can be difficult to deal with because one section is often quite narrow and leads into a larger area. To make the best use of the available space, it's important to bear the following things in mind… Step 1 Decide if you want to create two separate spaces or one continuous garden. You have the choice with an L-shape garden, you can either separate the areas … [Read more...] about L-shape garden design – Case study
November can be a depressing month weather-wise, particularly in the UK, but with the right plant combinations in your garden, you can help lift the gloom of the coming winter months. Right click image and choose 'Save As' to download a larger version. Arbutus unedo 'Rubra' - Killarney strawberry tree This evergreen shrub / small tree is great at the back of a border. It … [Read more...] about Garden Plant Selection – Nice in November
Be it for a raised bed or a retaining wall, when it comes to materials for garden walling there is a lot more available to you then using just simple brick. That's not to say brick walls aren't good in the garden, they are, and it can be nice to use bricks that match your house wall, it's just there are a lot of alternatives available to you, which might look better for your … [Read more...] about Garden walls – How to choose the right style for your garden
Not all gardens are the perfect square or rectangle, sometimes they are an awkward and odd shape. Don't let that put you off though. There's some really simple steps you can take to transform any awkward shape garden into a beautiful one. Step 1 The 1st thing you need to do with any awkward shape of garden is to find a way to disguise the awkward angles. Circles are … [Read more...] about How to deal with a small awkward shaped garden – Case study
Whenever a client utters the magic words 'hot tub' my heart immediately sinks. I cannot stand them, especially in UK gardens! For me they are an eyesore that can be difficult to incorporate successfully into a garden. My biggest issue with them is they can often stick out like a sore thumb. You have to have good access, so it makes them very difficult to screen. So as you … [Read more...] about Hot tubs – garden designer heaven or hell?
This month's plant selection will help you get the most from the autumn colour that's all around. By adding some additional splashes of orange into your planting borders, it will enhance the effects of the autumnal leaf colours of the trees. Most of the pink flowers will have finished so won't clash with some vibrant orange. Click on the image above to view larger and … [Read more...] about Garden Plant Selection – Oranges for October