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Aubretia

I was recently helping a friend clear a small border in her garden and in this border were some very scraggy, old bits of Aubretia. Many of us keep plants that are past their best just because we don’t know … Continue reading

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It’s a material choice

If you are considering having a new patio, terrace or path in your garden then you may be feeling a little bewildered by the huge choice of materials available, or you may not even be aware of all of the options … Continue reading

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Focal Points

If a garden doesn’t have an accent or a focal point the eye tends to wander rather than looking around and then resting on the point of interest. When a focal point is included in a design it draws attention to that specific … Continue reading

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‘Fail to plan then plan to fail’

I’m not sure if this is the correct saying, but it hopefully gets the message across. As a designer, I’m often surprised what little thought some people put into a new garden. If they were having a new kitchen or bathroom … Continue reading

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Winter Colour

Colour contrast and harmony can be the key to a successful garden yet it is often not even considered. It is surprising how colour can influence how we see a garden and it isn’t always found in obvious places. We all notice … Continue reading

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Garden Inspiration

Too cold and horrible for gardening? Use this time to get inspired.  Two of my favourite winter gardens are at their best at the moment. Cambridge Botanical Gardens and Anglesey Abbey have absolutely stunning winter beds, they are close to each … Continue reading

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Garden Design

A piecemeal approach to garden design using a mish-mash of materials and haphazard features will result in a disjointed garden. A pergola put here, a gazebo there and a shed just anywhere won’t work. There are so many practical considerations … Continue reading

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