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GILLINGHAM AND SHAFTESBURY SHOW 2013

Firstly what weather we had, lovely and sunny and lots and lots of people! I decided to showcase some planting styles this year rather than a garden – shade, bees,

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simple knot design for a herb garden

Design a herb garden

I love gardens that are billowing with flowers and foliage, creating a wonderful tapestry of colour, form and texture. However, I also like all this abundance to be contained within

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Autumn colour

Autumn colour, aesthetically one of the best sights in autumn – brilliant red acers and butter yellow hazels, but it all happens for a reason. Leaves are green because they

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bee orchid

Mowing…

Mowing regimes are well underway in the garden now, although this hot dry spring followed by this wet spell will have upset most routines. Perhaps it is worth considering a

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Chimonanthus praecox

Fragrance

The usual suspects can be found now in garden centres, by which I mean the winter/spring flowering shrubs. Most of these have the added bonus of being fragrant – trying

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To cut or not to cut

Agapanthus seed head A common request when working as a gardener is “can you put the garden to bed”. This usually means a ruthless cutting down of all herbaceous perennials.

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