Milium effusum 'Aureum'

My three favorite ornamental grass for shade

I just love ornamental grass in the garden and here are three of my favorite grasses for shady parts of your garden. Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ (Bowles’ golden grass) Milium effusum ‘ Aureum’ is an elegant and beautiful grass for a shady position, the tiny flowers are borne on hair thin stems and raise their heads […]

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Euphorbia palustris

Euphorbia for Sunny Sites

There are a vast number species of Euphorbia’s, I have chosen four of my favourites which are easy to grow in a sunny position. All parts of Euphorbia’s are poisonous and the milky sap is an irritant so always wear gloves when handling these plants. Euphorbia myrsinites This Euphorbia has trailing stems with broad, blue-grey […]

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Herbaceous Border Woolbeding

Favorite Garden to visit – Woolbeding

This wonderful 26-acre garden at Woolbeding, near Midhurst is owned by the National Trust it opened for the first time to visitors in April 2011. Woolbeding garden was designed by the late Simon Sainsbury and his partner Stewart Grimshaw. They acquired the lease from the National Trust in 1972 and have spent the last 40 […]

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Geranium 'Rozanne'

Five Hardy Geraniums to Grow

Few other group of plants require so little maintenance as the geranium and are quite so versatile, easy-going and quick to establish. This indispensable perennial has distinctive leaves and simple flowers with fantastic colour ranges from white to shades of blue and pink. Geranium ‘Brookside’ This geranium flowers prolifically and has clear blue flowers with […]

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Ammi Majus

The best Annuals to Grow from Seeds

Annual flowers add a huge amount of colour to your garden; they are beautiful, stylish, elegant and easy to grow from seed. If you get started now you can have them in your garden by May and flowering all summer. They will continue flower as long as you deadhead them constantly. Here are four of […]

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Seeds growing

Propagation – How to grow seeds indoors?

Growing from seed means you can choose from a far wider selection of annuals, biennial and perennial plants than those found in your local garden centre. It is also very fulfilling and cheaper so you can grow more plants of the same variety; this is the best way of ensuring repetition and colour in your […]

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Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis

What are the best shrubs for winter interest in your garden?

In winter your garden can change dramatically when all the herbaceous plants and leaves have fallen from the trees. Boundary fences and sheds reappear and your garden becomes more open. This is the time to re-evaluate your garden and think about the best shrubs to add structure. It is important that you use evergreens in […]

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Shirley Poppies

Nicky Corkerton Blog

I studied garden design at the highly acclaimed Merrist Wood College and graduated with a first class honours degree in Garden Design. I provide a friendly professional garden design service and am passionate about helping people turn their dreams into reality. I use my design expertise, complemented by my love of plants to capture the […]

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