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Gardens of the French and Italian Riviera

Ever since my first visit I’ve had a soft spot for the French and Italian Riviera. The soft climate, warm sunshine, diversity of the flora, wonderful coastal landscape and attractive towns; and of course, the food and wine. However I am certainly not the only Englishman to be drawn to…

How to grow hydrangeas – shrubs for late summer colour

Hydrangea conjures images of great mounds of shrubs smothered with mops of pink, purple, blue and white, perhaps under the shade of trees surrounding Victorian villas, or basking in the sunshine by seaside cottages. They may look a little old fashioned, and perhaps they have not been as popular as…

Making the most of your pond: fountains, cascades, filters or still water

Both still and moving water add magic to any garden. Still water is reflective and changes with the movement of the air, the clouds and the light. A fountain or waterfall will add movement, sound and a different dimension. Many are put off the idea of a fountain or waterfall…

Right Plants: Right Place – Plants Must Thrive Not Just Survive

I grew up in Essex and then lived in North London for many years, so I became very used to gardening on heavy clay soil. Seven years ago we moved to Suffolk and I suddenly found myself in a very dry and windy area of Eastern England, gardening on light…

The Secrets of Growing Lilies

Lilies and the like Rather late in spring I planted some lilies; not the best time as by then the bulbs were rather shriveled and were shooting vigorously, showing their eagerness to get into the ground. So I gave them a good start and planted the bulbs on their sides,…

What to plant for a Mediterranean look

Sun lovers Many of us head off on vacation to warmer climes at some point during the year. Some reading this will live permanently in warm, sunny regions where frost just doesn’t exist. Wherever that is in the world there are certain plants that feature in gardens, planting schemes and…

Planting for late summer colour – Garden Designer Kate Gould gives her views

Often when we think of a summer garden we think of a hazy blur of foxgloves, delphiniums, phlox and campanulas.  These are the plants of the cottage garden, plants that thrive and bloom in early to mid summer.  They are subtle pastels; delicate pale blues, dusky pinks and hints of…

Are you conserving water? Infographic from the UK on our water consumption

Courtesy of: Easy Watering

How to grow Lavender

Lavender is one of the most widely planted and favourite shrubs in the world.  And how to grow lavender successfully is a topic I get asked to write about repeatedly.  It’s also one of the plants I get asked about at talks all the time; it seems that popular as…

Smoke Trees – cotinus for summer and fall

They say there’s no smoke without fire, and that’s certainly true of many of the smoke bushes, varieties of cotinus that are so popular in gardens. What’s inspired me to write about them is the spectacular display of smoky plumes they are displaying at the moment and there is still…