Great Dixter

Much has been written about Great Dixter and its approach to gardening and planting design so I was keen to visit, luckily enough on a sunny day in July. I am hoping my response to the garden hasn't been influenced by what I have read. Great Dixter is in East Sussex...

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Foxgloves

I absolutely love foxgloves, they have a magical fairy tale quality and they enhance almost any planting design. I also love the way they pop up all over the place and I am happy to leave them in their chosen spot. Our native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is a welcome...

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Chelsea 2015

Chelsea 2015 has already been and gone, I can't believe it is a year since I was last there. I visited again before the show opened, this time on the Sunday before press day so although everything wasn't completely finished it was almost there. It's great to be able...

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Winter Planting

January and February are particularly miserable months with the enjoyment of Christmas a dim and distant memory and the summer months seeming so far away; this is when some thoughtful winter planting can lift the spirits. The weather and the short days don't help but...

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BALI National Landscape Awards

The BALI National Landscape Awards are held annually to recognise BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) members who have demonstrated exceptional levels of skill and professionalism. The awards are separated in to categories and gardens put forward for...

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Plants for clay soil.

As I am currently working on a garden with clay soil, I thought it would be good to discuss some suitable plants for clay soil. Clay soil can cause a sharp in take of breath, but I would much prefer a clay soil to a sandy one. The garden I have designed is typically...

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The varied and interesting work of a Garden Designer.

The work of a Garden Designer is varied and interesting and occasionally requests arrive for something out of the ordinary. Last week I received a call from BBC Breakfast who were featuring the Britain in Bloom competition on the show. To celebrate this they had the...

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Spring bulbs

Spring may seem a long time away but now is the time to get your spring bulbs ordered. Planting bulbs is a cheap and satisfying way to bring masses of colour and interest to your garden; the delightful displays almost make up for the chore of planting them (almost,...

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Planting a hot border

September has arrived all too quickly but we can prolong the summer feeling by enjoying the vibrancy of the late summer perennials by planting a hot border. The colour most frequently met with disdain by my clients is yellow; a seemingly inoffensive and one would...

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