Plants for free

Plants for free

Shopping for plants is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.  But cheaper and more satisfying, and the easiest way to ensure your garden, balcony or pots are always full of flowering plants, is to divide and pot up the ones you have, or save the seeds.  Then enjoy them...
Easy Perennials

Easy Perennials

Popular flowering plants for your herbaceous borders The plants I am going to explore are popular for good reason; they are colourful, easy to grow without much intervention and persist in their flowering year after year.  Two of them are the backbone of many borders...
An introduction to Green Roofs

An introduction to Green Roofs

Green roofs, also known as living roofs, are simply roofs designed to grow plants on top of them. They are not just reserved for the likes of hobbit houses, as the excellent insulating properties of the combined plant and soil layers help retain a building’s heat in...
Madeira, island of bounty

Madeira, island of bounty

This month I want to transport you away from the wet, dark winter days of the UK all the way to Madeira, the lush, green volcanic island 400 miles off the coast of Morocco.   We all need a bit of sun on our faces and the longer, warmer days of sub-tropical Madeira...
Living with Nature

Living with Nature

Hello, I’m Funda Kemal, an architect and urban designer living and working in the beautiful city of Bath in Somerset. My passion is design for a healthy planet. I invite you to join me on a meander through three imaginative architectural projects. Each incorporate...