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TRANSFORMING YOUR GARDEN WITH GORGEOUS EVERGREENS

Transforming your garden with evergreens. So this might be posted in soggy November, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at some clever planting suggestions for your garden or courtyard space. Autumn can seem a bit gloomy as the cooler weather arrives and the nights draw in, however it is actually a good season to be planting. We are at the tail end of the growing season, and this allows time for the roots of new plants to establish before winter [...]

SPRING AWAKENING: BULBS IN CONTAINERS

If your image of potted bulbs is a bowl of splaying hyacinths plonked in the middle Auntie Joan’s sideboard then it is time you took a fresh look at planting bulbs in containers. Growing bulbs in containers has many advantages. These include: 1) You can enjoy the detail and fragrance up close. This is especially true for small forms with delicate flowers.   2)  It’s an easy, economical way to add colour. If space is limited, you can still cram pots full of [...]

CATCH MY DRIFT

In the era of the Snowflake, prejudice is seen as something evil. But gardening prejudices are often useful. They can help you develop your own style. Some plants, I simply can’t get along with. The idea of growing African marigolds and chrysanthemums just seems wrong to me. However, that said, sometimes it is good to have our prejudices challenged. I used to think of spring bulbs as being a tad boring. This grew from seeing neglected front gardens overrun with [...]