Green is the New Black

Green is the New Black

They say that art imitates life so it is no wonder that so many fashion designers take their inspiration from gardens. When haute couture meets horticulture a dazzling array of floral designed fabrics and organic shaped garments are paraded on the catwalks in style....
What to sit on!

What to sit on!

So you have your new garden and now you need to decide what furniture to put in it. There is a lot of different garden furniture out there; you can choose from many different styles and materials and all budgets are catered for. Tight on space? If you have a small...
Getting started with pruning

Getting started with pruning

One of the common reasons for plants not flowering is that they were cut back at the wrong time of year, and therefore emerging flower buds were cut off. At North Leeds Garden Design we find that people often come to us with questions about this and other queries...
An Italian garden

An Italian garden

I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday travelling around southern Italy. Whilst I was there I fitted in a trip to the island of Ischia and the stunning garden La Mortella up in the hills. It was owned by the British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinean...
Top tips for great-looking summer flowers

Top tips for great-looking summer flowers

For many of us northern UK gardeners this summer has been disappointing, at least weather-wise. But you may have noticed that it doesn’t seem to have affected your flowering plants too much. This is because they respond to day length coupled with night-time...
Help take the pulse of nature

Help take the pulse of nature

I’ve just joined Sir David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley in taking part in the Big Butterfly Count, run by the charity Butterfly Conservation. It only took me 15 minutes and it’s great to know I’ve played as a citizen scientist in the UK annual count to check on the...
How to Spruce Up Your Garden – Part 3

How to Spruce Up Your Garden – Part 3

In our final part on the series of designing and implementing a large garden in north Leeds we focus on the front and side gardens. There is a front pedestrian gate and path mainly used by visitors and the postman! The path was made of crazy paving and was uneven and...
A Word About….Mulching

A Word About….Mulching

Once you’ve improved your border soil, added some beautiful new plants, and stepped back to admire the view, it’s job done – isn’t it? There is one more thing you need to do and that is mulching. What is a mulch and why should we use it? A mulch is a topping for the...
I Love Clematis

I Love Clematis

Five reasons why you should grow these amazing climbing plants Clematis are a large and versatile flowering plant group.  Most of them are climbing plants, which naturally twine around twigs, trellis or other plants to grow up towards the sun.  They are great for...