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Compton Acres: An Historic Garden Restored

I just paid a visit to Compton Acres, now regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in the UK. Located just outside Poole in Dorset, on the south coast of England, it is blessed with a mild and favoured climate, enabling the cultivation of a wide range of…

How to Encourage Beneficial Insects in Your Garden

How to encourage beneficial insects in your garden We all talk about planting for pollinators and bee friendly plants. There is also regular mention of beneficial insects. What’s the difference? Some insects are the gardener’s enemy and thwart his or her attempts by causing damage to ornamentals and food crops….

10 Great Plants For Dry Shade

Recommended Plants For The Dry Shade Garden Dry shade has to be the most challenging planting situation in any garden. Whether it’s in the needle-laced ground beneath a pine tree, or the dusty soil in the rain-shadow of an over-hanging building, it is hard to imagine what would grow there…

Late Summer: Time To Order Bulbs

Bulbs To Buy & Plant In Late Summer Bulbs are on sale in shops and garden centres before you’ve even gone on your summer holidays. Those catalogues have been coming through the letterbox, and you can certainly order early on the internet. My advice is always to shop early, while…

How to Use Horticultural Fleece

Using Horticultural Fleece All-Year-Round I always associate horticultural fleece with autumn. It’s one of those things that appears in garden centres in that “prepare for winter range”, along with all the stuff you buy every year but never use, like pop up bags and lawn aerator shoes. You see magazine…

10 Grasses Every Gardener Should Grow

Our Top 10 Recommended Grasses Grow Love them or loathe them, grasses have become essential subjects in today’s planting palette, mainly because they mix well with perennials in prairie style schemes, adding light height and movement, especially later in the year. I have resisted writing about grasses to grow with…

Looking After Your Garden Tools

Some Unusual Tips For Maintaining Your Garden Tools I must admit I’m not good at taking care of my garden tools. After use digging and cultivating tools are usually stacked against one another by the back door. A pile of dry soil gradually accumulates beneath them and every so often…

Kids In The Garden: Camps, Dens And Secret Places

Garden Dens Most kids love a den. As a boy I was lucky; I had a shed, although I never thought of it as a shed, it was my house, my den, a place where others weren’t allowed, except by invitation. In reality it was pretty inhospitable with a selection…

Topiary: Trendy or Twee?

Topiary: Trendy Or Twee? They say that the art of topiary flourishes in affluent times. That may have been the case long ago but it never seems to have fallen from favour more recently. Trendy designer gardens are positively bristling with it, combining it with minimalist, contemporary and naturalistic. I…

Clematis for Hanging Baskets

How To Grow Clematis In Hanging Planters: An Interview with Ray Evison. World famous clematis grower and breeder Ray Evison is well-known for his ground breaking varieties of this wonderful group of plants. Compact clematis with amazing flowers that suit smaller gardens and containers. His previous blog on growing Clematis…