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  • If you want ‘wow’, embrace the bishop

    If you want ‘wow’, embrace the bishop0

    Take a look at your garden on this late autumn day, and be honest. Is it a place of floral beauty and delight? Does it make your heart soar with its vibrant colour and interest? Or could it be that a few well-chosen flowers would make all the difference? November is not the best time

  • The garden where Charles is king

    The garden where Charles is king0

    I’m at the gate, passport and tickets in hand, phone switched to silent and ready to pass through security. After months of waiting, I’m at the Prince of Wales’ estate at Highgrove and excited to see what he has created on a 15-acre site which was once a chemical dumping ground. The prince has a

  • Rebranded, improved, Hampton Court

    Rebranded, improved, Hampton Court0

    This year’s Hampton Court Flower Show was rebranded the Hampton Court Garden Festival, which more accurately reflects the annual show. The RHS has, at last, recognised that trends in garden design are at odds with the type of gardens most want to see at Hampton Court. Gone are the conceptual plots which bemused or baffled

  • Perfect perennials for your border

    Perfect perennials for your border0

    When designing a planting scheme, it’s easy to be seduced by glossy mags offering new varieties. Hundreds of plants are launched each year, with big claims of hardiness, longevity and a free-flowering nature… but many don’t cut the mustard. I prefer my list of tried and trusted stalwarts that I know won’t let me down.

  • Orchestrating the perfect ensemble

    Orchestrating the perfect ensemble0

    Spring is an exciting time; the garden is coming back to life and we have time to review our borders (like the one pictured) and planting schemes, deciding what worked well last year and what needs changing. There may be gaps in the borders where plants have died or planting combinations just didn’t cut it,

  • So, what price a designer garden?

    So, what price a designer garden?0

    How much is a beautiful garden? I’ve been designing them for 10 years and budget is always a difficult issue. For most clients, it’s a one-off, and they have no previous experience to draw on. If I say be prepared to spend what you would on a kitchen, it often elicits gasps of horror as

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