Gardening Archive

4 reasons why you should plan a garden redesign in winter

Often it’s in the height of summer – when the sun is beaming down and plants are blossoming – that we think about how we want to improve our garden. As we’re sitting outside, we can see what needs doing and what changes we want to make.  But

Garden photography tips for autumn and winter

We know its cold outside but whipping out your camera and capturing the beauty of wildlife is as good a reason as any to get outdoors and into your garden. Marianne Majerus, a world-renowned garden photographer and RHS Photographic Competition 2017 judge, provides her

Plant up Halloween

Get in the spirit of the season and turn your patio, conservatory or garden table into a Halloween spooktacular! Perhaps you’ve been growing pumpkins and squash varieties and can only eat so much pie and soup! Then put the surplus to good use int

VIBRANT PLANTS FOR END OF YEAR COLOUR

Salvias are fantastic to drop into borders to fill gaps after earlier flowers such as lupins and poppies have faded. Due to their long flowering periods they’re perfect for jazzing up clumps of asters, anemones. Half of them come from Asia and Europe and these

Small but beautiful

A NORTH LONDON PLOT WITH A THOROUGHLY MODERN TWIST Spencer Viner is a garden designer and landscape architect with a fascination for Japanese gardens. His small, square garden is his outside room and a place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of

A way to make your front lawn appearance presentable for summer

Ask the professionals: Our professional panel answer questions about DIY, eco design, mortgages, cleansing, architecture, customer problems and greater question: ‘i would just like the the front of my domestic to appearance greater presentable for the summer season. How can i spruce it up?’

LUDLOW LAWN

A double-fronted Georgian town house in Ludlow has been treated to a redesign by Caroline Harrowby. Here, we look at its garden… Alexander James The Gothick summer house The owners had had their eye on the house for some time when it came up

THE YOUNG GARDENERS SERIES: CHARLIE HARPUR

Charlie Harpur is a junior landscape designer at Tom Stuart-Smith where he spends his weeks considering everything from the broader landscape to the precise species of plants to be used in gardens – he plots swathes of trees, drifts of prairie and blocks of blooms. Having trained as an

JEKYLL & PEARSON

A collaboration between Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll is a wonderful legacy and the current owners of Folly Farm in Berkshire have fully embraced the restoration of their Arts and Crafts garden A decade ago, Folly Farm in Berkshire had fallen from view; its

THE ENCHANTED ORCHIDS OF OAXACA

Jonny Bruce, the current Christopher Lloyd scholar at Great Dixter in East Sussex, made the voyage to Orquidedeario Octavio in Oaxaca to see a collection of over 1200 species of Mexico’s native orchids A solitary dog barking whilst a man of indecipherable age bends to collect plastic