7 Favourite Plants for Drought AND What is ‘Chop & Drop’?

7 Favourite Plants for Drought AND What is ‘Chop & Drop’?

It’s been an interesting summer so far to say the least.  One which will be remembered for its heat and lack of rain.  It has felt like August since June, except hotter.  Here, we are scratching our heads wondering if its a blip or a sign of the times. 

Designing Resilient Gardens

Designing Resilient Gardens

So what exactly does the future hold? Along with a likely frost-free Britain, climate change is forecast to generate greater variables in the weather; more storms, more rainwater, and then longer hot dry spells; so resilient plants will become imperative. We will have a longer growing season and therefore can utilise plants from arid countries

Why Wild Gardens for Children?

Why Wild Gardens for Children?

In the good old days, children played outdoors for hours, only coming home when they were hungry – isn’t that the story? Well it’s not quite how I remember it but apparently now, the majority of children today spend less than 60 mins outside a day, which is less than prison inmates.

My Irish Road Trip & Thoughts on Plastic

My Irish Road Trip & Thoughts on Plastic

We spent our sunset walk picking up plastic bottles, lids, toothbrushes, toys and straws, some of it was broken and unidentifiable. It was food for thought. This coincided with another big push in the media about the single use plastic issue and ocean pollution. They say every bit of plastic that was ever made still exists – somewhere. The irony of gardeners, nature lovers, producing a material which is not digestible by the earth makes me ponder the plastic plant pot issue which plagues the industry.

How To Create A Mindful Garden? Just Be Mindful.

Mindfulness is still a hot topic, but why is the garden the best place to practice mindfulness? And how do you make your garden a mindful one?

Trentham Gardens – Part one – Piet Oudolf’s Floral Labyrinth

Trentham Gardens – Part one – Piet Oudolf’s Floral Labyrinth

I visit lots of gardens, and I learn something from each one. Then there are those which I love so much that I don’t want to leave. Piet Oudolf’s abundant drifts of perennials towered around me, the bright, bold colours as valuable as the tiny subdued seedheads. I felt immersed in colour, texture, scent and the busy […]

Every garden needs a journey – Ideas from Melbourne Hall

Every garden needs a journey – Ideas from Melbourne Hall

I only wish I could convey my childlike joy, journeying through a garden of avenues & vistas with discoveries and options at every turn. Melbourne Hall gardens unfolded revealing delicious scents, pools & fountains, cloud pruned yew hedges, fine ironwork and statues. Finally, hidden within the dark formality an abundant, colourful garden with choice planting. […]

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

A Playful & Elegant Garden of rooms – Scampston Hall Walled Gardens

I think a good test of a garden lies in how the space feels in winter. I visited Scampston in early spring on the opening day for the new season so the famous grasses and prairie planting were still dormant. Scampston, designed by Piet Ouldolf, had long been on my must see list and for […]

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

Time for Tulips, Daffodils and Alliums – tips for planting bulbs

‘Choose colours to compliment your early flowering alpines, spring blossom or hard landscaping.’  Tulips lift an emerging spring garden with a riot of colour and are well worth planting in bulk – so often I see gardens with a handful of bulbs here and there, but whenever I come across a more generous display the results are staggering. Even a […]