Category Archives: Planting

Biosecurity – Why Should You Care?

OK, let’s be honest – you probably wouldn’t be instinctively drawn to a headline about biosecurity.  Indeed, I suspect many people don’t really understand what it is (in case you’re wondering, in its broadest sense, it’s “actions taken to prevent … Continue reading

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Chelsea Flower Show: Some Self-Seeding Inspiration

It’s been a while since my last post – there’s been a lot going on, but simply not enough time to compose some coherent words here (you can follow some of our current projects on our Facebook page). One of … Continue reading

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Escape To Cornwall

Summer is when most people wake up to what’s going on in their garden, and hence it can be a busy time for garden designers. However, we did manage to escape for a few days to Cornwall. With its sheltered … Continue reading

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Trees and Planning Permission

As some of our readers may be aware, most local planning authorities in the UK require that planning applications address the retention of existing trees on and around the site.  There is a British Standard BS5837:2005 “Trees in Relation to … Continue reading

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Wildlife Gardening

Gardens, like so many things these days, are subject to changing fashions.  Recently, as a garden designer, I’ve seen a groundswell of interest in gardening for wildlife – insects, small mammals, amphibians and of course birds. The key to attracting … Continue reading

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Is it too late to plant herbaceous perennials?

Last spring Judy and I were invited to visit a newly created garden in Warwickshire that had been planted up the previous autumn, and we were shocked to see many apparently hardy plants had been killed by last winter’s frosts.  … Continue reading

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Summer Planting

Ok, so I’ve been neglecting this blog for a couple of weeks…. well sometimes I have to do some real work.  I guess most people consider summer to be June, July and August, so I’ve left it a bit late to … Continue reading

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Spring Planting

It feels like spring is here, so it’s high time I got back to writing something about garden design, rather than assorted bees and beetles. This is a quite superb scene I snapped at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire last year.  … Continue reading

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“My Garden School” goes Live!

This may be the news you’ve been waiting for……. John Brookes MBE, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential garden designers of the 20th Century, is just one of the renown experts who have teamed up … Continue reading

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Planting for Winter Interest

The recent early snow is perhaps a good cue to think about the garden’s appearance in winter. It is a common mistake to asume that, once the first frosts come, visual interest in the garden is over until next spring. … Continue reading

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