Planning your spring border

Planning your spring border

All the excitement of looking and planning ahead for a spectacular spring in the garden is with us. Anything to avoid muddy gaps in the border and bare patches! Settle yourself down, one rainy day in autumn (the sooner the better) to think about all the gorgeous...
Colourful clematis

Colourful clematis

Colourful clematis for your garden Taking a sunny wander around my September garden this morning, coffee mug in hand, on a whim I decided to count up how many clematis I have in flower; I was surprised to find I have ten of these beauties giving me joy at the moment,...
Andalucia’s Limestone Lovelies

Andalucia’s Limestone Lovelies

Miniature beauties Garden designers like ourselves spend a lot of time thinking about the big issues; the sweep of a garden; how it will relate to the wider environment; how best to design a satisfying layout.  But for this blog I want to go micro and look at some of...
Sweetly scented winter shrubs

Sweetly scented winter shrubs

In the short dark days of winter, we hope for some extra cheer from our gardens. The bonus comes when you get a sweetly scented flowering shrub which gives of it’s best in the middle of winter. Here are a few of my favourites: Witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis and H....
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...