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Patio Design Ideas

Patio Design Ideas When designing a patio there are many considerations to take into account. Likewise when we look for patio design ideas there are countless sources of inspiration. But before you go out buying paving slabs, here are some points to consider when setting out your patio area.   Proportion The patio is a […]

What can I plant in my back garden?

What can I plant in my back garden? Sun or shade, dry or wet, there is a plant to suit every location. When looking for inspiration on what to plant we often turn to the internet or TV programmes. Our imagination can run wild. We don’t know whether to go for a country cottage look […]

Cheap Garden Design Ideas

Cheap Garden Design Ideas. When it comes to doing up your garden on a budget here are some cheap garden design ideas, that won’t cost too much. If you have a small back garden, a balcony or a large rural garden a few small change can make all the difference. Plan Plan first, take a […]

When is the best time to plant a tree?

When is the best time to plant a tree? “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now”. This Chinese proverb says it all. In my job there are two things that are often said to me by my clients, one is, “I love colour” and the […]


There are occasions when, in a garden,  an arch  can look very forced, unnatural or contrived. An arch in the middle of a lawn or an elaborate gazebo pushed into a tiny area of a garden tends to looks all wrong. The style of the arch should prepare the garden visitor for the style of […]

Shady Characters

I have a slightly shady part of a garden, that I designed, that this Hosta and Geum absolutely love. What a contrast the red flower of the Geum makes on the rich dark green of the Hosta leaf, it really works well. I love the way small beads of water are held on the leaf of the […]


What a stunning specimen of a Magnolia. Great Spring colour, a must for any garden. The variety is “Susan”, it displays dark pink to redish cup shape flowers. Its upright shape and good size make it an excellent choice when planning for a small garden. This particular shrub is growing in a fertile, slightly acidic, […]

Spring Planting

We all have an area of the garden that is damp and hard to grow plants that offer good interest and colour.  Here is a good planting solution that I used in a damp and shady area of a garden to create good Spring interest. The position  of the bed is a East facing, with poor, […]


  A favourite plant of mine, this time of year, is the Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris).  When I take a walk down the road I see them underneath trees, in sheltered corners of fields and on the sides of earthy ditches. And what a site they are, pale yellow flowers set on clumps of herbaceous greenery. The […]

When to plant?

It is a question that I am often asked, “When is the best time of the year to plant?”. The truth is that you can plant any time of the year. Here are some basic points to remember when planting, no matter what time of the year. Always break up the ground where the plant […]