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Deck the halls

Deck the halls

Cards on the table – I am not a big fan of the idea of Christmas trees. But I have to weigh up the senseless felling of hundreds of thousands of trees each year against the knowledge that they form an important part of many farmer’s income. I also know I’m in a minority so […]

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Swimming pools are back!

Swimming pools are back!

Over the years we have created many swimming pools both in the UK and overseas and they are becoming very popular in the UK again after a long run of hot summers. Dan recently answered some questions for Homes & Gardens magazine on this very subject. A bright blue pool is fine for summer, but […]

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It’s Bulb Time!Get planting now for a splash of Spring colour!

It’s Bulb Time!
Get planting now for a splash of Spring colour!

It’s bulb planting time again and the garden centres and nurseries are stocking up with some stunning bulbs for next spring! After a hot summer where we’ve escaped a hosepipe ban it’s great to get back into the garden and be planting something that actually copes with dry conditions. What should we start with? Well […]

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Some great bulbs to look out for

Spectacular tulips include Tulipa ‘Flaming Parrot’ orange with red markings and Tulipa ‘Groenland’ white with green markings. Narcissus actaeaand Pheasants Eyeare the nearest to the wild daffodil you’ll get and give off great fragrance. Don’t forget the Summer bulbs such as the Alliums –Allium Christophii and Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ are real stars. The Foxtail Lily Eremurus stenophylluscosts a fortune in florists in the […]

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Other jobs for the Autumn

The variable summer has taken its toll on some plants and many have suffered so its time to tidy! Planting – This is the best time of year to plan for shrub and tree planting. We plant hundreds of trees in the Autumn so plan your border early, plant now with the best of the […]

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Summer heatwave

Summer heatwave

Since April we seem to have had little or no rain. Apart from the occasional downpour that does little to revitalise the soil we’ve all been relying on regular watering in the garden since early Spring And all the evidence from the weather forecasters is that we are in for a real blazing summer so […]

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Easter in the gardenJobs to do in your garden this Spring

Easter in the garden
Jobs to do in your garden this Spring

Easter is when it always feels like the gardening year steps up and our borders, allotments and flowers start demanding our attention. So now you need to give your garden a good spring clean and set the scene for a great summer outdoors. If we’re really lucky a dry Easter break might let us have […]

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Expressions of interest – gardens with meaningAndrew explores the rise of the conceptual garden in modern garden design

Expressions of interest – gardens with meaning
Andrew explores the rise of the conceptual garden in modern garden design

For the garden lover one of the great joys of travelling is visiting those great gardens around the globe that make up our shared garden history. Be it the Huntington Library Garden, Hidcote or Sissinghurst, the Alhambra, Versailles, Kirstenbosch or the Rikugien Garden there are so many to see. If they are the Turners and […]

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Water – the defining element – conservation, control and creativity

Water – the defining element – conservation, control and creativity

Water has always been an essential and defining element of our landscapes and gardens. It’s a symbol of wealth and power, personified in the great European houses of le Notre’s Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte and the great English parks such as Lord Carlisle’s heroic Castle Howard. It’s an expression of the art of garden […]

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Swimming Pools make a comeback

Swimming Pools make a comeback

For long the preserve of the wealthy and those with plenty of sunny days the swimming pool is starting to become the must have luxury for new garden owners. We’ve been designing pools into our overseas projects for many years but we have started to see a new demand for swimming pools in less traditional […]

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Designing our future landscapes

Designing our future landscapes

Our garden design business has a distinctly different model than most others in that over a decade ago we decided we wanted to travel a little, see the world and when we got there, design some gardens. A combination of environmental concern about all that travel and our embracement of new technology means that over […]

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Drought busting

Drought busting

All the indications are that this year is heading towards being another dry one with a long hot summer and a lack of water. The past two winters have been wet so we’ve topped up the reservoirs but even if we don’t get a hose ban we need to think about how we can future […]

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Jobs for the summer

Jobs for the summer

Summer is here and it’s VERY HOT! Beat a hosepipe ban by mulching and saving every last drop of water for the garden. If its rained and the lawn is still growing then you need to start cutting the lawn twice a week if you want stripes. Cut regularly, weed and feed. Keep cutting the […]

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Jobs for the winter garden

Jobs for the winter garden

It might be February but there are still a few jobs you can be getting on siwth to be ready for Spring. Prune back roses and other shrubs that need controlling now. Remove fallen leaves from ponds and lawns and put into a chicken wire frame to start making great leaf mulch. Finish autumn lawncare […]

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Jobs for late autumn

Jobs for late autumn

We’ve been asked alot this week about autumn tidying so here are soem tips to get ahead of the game by starting your autumn chores now! Finish planting spring bulbs and early summer bulbs such as Alliums – these will look great next year at a fraction of ready grown prices. Keep dead-heading roses for […]

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Gardens at the cutting edge

Gardens at the cutting edge

The news seems full of how we’re all turning our hand to growing our own vegetables and fruit again. Gardening has come back into fashion as we strive for some balance in our lives – and our diet – but talking to the professionals you’ll find that there’s much more happening in garden design and […]

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Our favourite Mediterranean gardens to visit next year

Our favourite Mediterranean gardens to visit next year

Like many horticulturists our love affair with the Mediterranean started with plants. We have a fascination for the history of exotic plants arriving in Europe and nurserymen like Philippe Andre de Vilmorin who helped introduce many of these plants to Europe. Plants like Westringia the coastal rosemary, and Grevillea, now commonplace around the Mediterranean but once spectacular  introductions […]

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Great garden design takes more than flower power

Great garden design takes more than flower power

One of the more noticeable fashions in garden design over the past year has been an interest in all things green. It’s a trend that started some years ago when we started to embrace all those grasses that you now see everywhere. Garden designers have got a little bored with all that wavy grass and […]

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Biodiversity – what does it mean for our gardens?

Biodiversity – what does it mean for our gardens?

I’ve lost count of the number of times that someone has shown me where foxes, badgers, rabbits get into their gardens. Or where they manage to get birds nesting, newts and frogs swimming or even just a few nesting solitary bees. Covering some 4% of the 93,000 square miles of this island we’re lucky that […]

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Designing the Blind Veterans UK garden

Designing the Blind Veterans UK garden

We’ve been working with Blind Veterans UK for 4 years, ever since we were asked to help them with a new Woodland Centenary Garden at their newest centre in Llandudno. This garden went on to win 2 Britain in Bloom Awards and special mention as an ‘outstanding neighbourhood garden’. We have also helped the charity […]

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Planting the Blind Veterans UK garden

Planting the Blind Veterans UK garden

When you visit a garden show the planting design is always the element that visitors are most interested in. This is especially true of Hampton Court which attracts some very keen gardeners and plant collectors. This year we are celebrating the work of Blind Veterans UK with a community garden for the members, their families, […]

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