Category Archives: Gardening

Trees for small gardens

Every garden should have a tree, even if it’s a really small one. Trees are the ultimate low-maintenance garden plant – choose the right one for your garden and it’ll happily look after itself, rewarding you with year after year … Continue reading

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Plants for coastal gardens

Living just eight miles from the Essex coast, I’m quite familier with working in coastal conditions and recommending plants which will thrive near the sea. The salty air, harsh exposure and light, dry soil can be difficult for some plants, … Continue reading

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Gardening supplement – Your Home magazine June 2018

I created a gardening supplement for Your Home magazine (June 2018 issue – available to buy from 2nd May 2018). It was such a fun project and I learned a lot in the process. I’ve uploaded a selection of the … Continue reading

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Growing crinums

There’s nothing quite like crinums for creating a big impact in the garden in late summer. If you’re looking to grow something a bit different, or have a gap you’d like to fill with something impressive and statuesque, give crinums … Continue reading

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Growing bearded iris

If you’re planning on visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show or watching the coverage on TV this year, there’s no doubt you’ll see plenty of bearded irises on display in the Grand Pavilion and Show Gardens. Flowering in early summer … Continue reading

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Top 10 plants for shade

Shade gardens have their own unique charm and can be lush, beautiful and full of interest. You can create a wonderful woodland effect if you’re planting under trees, or if you have a small, enclosed or north-facing garden, you can … Continue reading

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My Holland trip and Keukenhof

I went to The Netherlands yesterday for a whistle-stop tour of the bulb region with my pals at top Dutch bulb supplier, Farmer Gracy. I’ve never seen so many bulbs in my life! All the best flower bulbs come from … Continue reading

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