Trained Fruit: think design as well as taste…

Imagine wandering through your own orchard, enjoying spring blossom and the buzz of bees, the laughter of children playing amongst the trees, picking ripe fruit in the autumn.  Lovely as it sounds, most of us have much smaller gardens, but you can work them hard and...
Add Spring Colour to Winter Planting for a Dreich Late Winter Day…

Add Spring Colour to Winter Planting for a Dreich Late Winter Day…

As the year moves through February and March you can have another layer of colour and interest to your winter planting with additional shrubs and early flowering spring bulbs. Ribes sanguineum is a really tough early flowering shrub (March/April) usually seen with...

Looking Forward to Spring Colour…

After my flying visit in the spring to the Keukenhof Park just outside Amsterdam, inspired by seeing 7 million bulbs in bloom. I wanted to add more bulbs to my own garden – albeit in a much smaller way! Packing a very big punch were large borders of mixed bulbs,...

Spring Bulb Inspiration…

Spring planting is all about Colour, Colour, Colour from the subtle to the eye watering.  After a long, wet, grey winter, colour in the garden is what we all need to pep us up and spring bulbs do it in spades. A flying visit to Keukenhof Park just outside Amsterdam...

Geums – stalwarts of the flower border…

Geums have been one of the talked about plants at Chelsea in the last few years – the orange coloured ‘Prinses Juliana’ (height 60cm, spread 50cm), flowers May – July, and ‘Totally Tangerine’ (height 75cm, spread 50cm) flowers April...

Top Garden Trends for 2015

In the world of fashion for Spring 2015, navy is the ‘new black’, the pattern is gingham and the style of jacket is ‘kimono cool’. A couple of months ago I brought a kimono style jacket for a change and I am delighted to be ‘kimono...