Lonicera fragtissima

Scented flowers for the Winter Garden

Perfumed flowers add an extra dimension to gardens and are a must for the winter garden. There are three points to bear in mind when choosing places for scented plants. How and when the scent is dispersed and what sort of scent is it.  All pleasantly scented plants need to be within reach of your […]

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Graham Stuarts Rose Garden at Mottisfont

During the month of June ‘ Mottisfont’ gardens are open until 8pm at night. I was lucky enough to be able to go one wet day in June. Graham Stuart Thomas designed the gardens to combine roses with a mix of perennials to give a long display. I love going to see gardens you get […]

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Andrew Wilson

Chelsea Flower Show 2017

It is always really exciting to visit the Chelsea Flower show 2017 and find inspiration, see plant combinations and get new ideas. There were two main show gardens that I particularly liked at the Chelsea Flower show 2107, the first one was Charlotte Harris’s garden for the Royal Bank of Canada, inspired by the boreal […]

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DofE diamond Challenge Open Garden 3 June 2016

Opening my Garden – DofE Diamond Challenge

My son finally completed his Gold DofE last year. There was a lot of excitement when the invitation to Buckingham Palace arrived at the end of February. This year is the 60th anniversary of the DofE and recipients were offered the chance to bring two guests (instead of the usual one) if one of the […]

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Arum italicum with Snowdrops

Evergreen Cover For The Winter Garden

Not all perennials die down in winter and it is important to have some evergreen foliage during the winter months to provide valuable colour and texture to the garden. This is not just in the shady areas of the garden but in the sunny borders as well. Here are a few of my favourites: Sunny […]

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Wisteria with a focal point

Sculpture in the garden as a focal point

The right sculpture in the right place can really lift a garden space. A sculpture can create a journey around the garden if used as a focal point, it doesn’t have to be a large garden for this to work a small courtyard can benefit from sculpture as a focal point. The main point is […]

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Hauser & Wirth view of the garden

Hauser & Wirth Garden by Piet Oudolf

Piet Oudolf’s garden is a 1.5 acres perennial meadow behind Hauser & Wirth art gallery. The garden contains over 26,000 herbaceous perennials set out in beautifully organic shaped borders planted in wonderful colours. I went in late September, the grasses and late flowering perennials were the star plants but the colour was still wonderful and […]

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Betula utilis

Design ideas for a Front Garden

I find going to see gardens is a great way to get inspiration for your own garden. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to go and see Helen Dillon’s Garden in Dublin. I took a number of lessons from her front garden: 1. Don’t be afraid to get rid of your lawn, Helen Dillion […]

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Rosa Jaqueline du Pre

Three wonderful shrub roses for perfume

No garden should be without a rose. It is important to make the right choice you will probably want to choose a disease resistant variety that has wonderful perfume and will flower continually through the summer. The modern shrub roses answer all these requirements. Here are three of my favourites (all have been awarded RHS […]

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Dan Pearson's Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2015

I thought this year’s Chelsea Flower Show was the best ever. There were some really innovative gardens and the planting in the show gardens was different and inspiring – a change from past years when the planting was very similar in every garden. My three favourite show gardens this year at the Chelsea Flower Show […]

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