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...
Winter Planting to add Structure, Colour and Cheer…

Winter Planting to add Structure, Colour and Cheer…

January is not my favourite month and some years it seems longer than 31 days.  But as the month pushes forward it is cheering to see the day light lasting a little longer each day.  In my own front garden I am determined to add to the cheer by planting colourful,...
Front Gardens: Do you have Colour 365 Days a Year?

Front Gardens: Do you have Colour 365 Days a Year?

How many plants do you have in bloom in your garden in January? You will be astounded to know Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Scilly Isles had 289 on the 7th January. Aah – to have their climate. But even as winter is upon us, in Scotland it is possible to have...

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...

Early Spring Garden Jewels…

Last autumn I visited RHS Hyde Hall in Essex and brought some early spring-flowering bulbs.  I was looking for a bulb with a splash of colour to plant along a path leading to my house front door.  I have not been disappointed.  I choose several different types of Iris...

Time for my own garden…

After spending 12 years designing client’s gardens, I am finally designing my own front garden and driveway and I get to please myself.  Now this is a great feeling, but it is also slightly scary.  Garden designers find it notoriously difficult to design their...