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Acanthus mollis: For foliage and flowers, sun and shade
Acanthus mollis Common name : Oyster Plant, Bear’s Breeches Family : Acanthaceae Acanthus mollis is a plant I very often[...]
How to Grow Narcissus: Daffodil Plant Notes
Narcissus spp. Common name : Daffodil Family : Amaryllidaceae A bulbous soft wooded perennial with around 50 species and countless[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 4 – the garden after 1 year
The mature garden - after only one year On this page you'll see the garden at its zenith in its[...]
Urban garden transformation: small space, big plants … and lots of them
This urban garden transformation was the first gardening I ever did. The garden was in Tooting in South London and[...]
The 10 steps to get you gardening for life
I’m guessing that if you are here you may be new to gardening. If you are, then you are in[...]
Soil texture analysis: what kind of soil do you have?
It is important to carry out a soil texture analysis for any garden that you want to plant in. This[...]
How to grow bamboo: growing conditions, planting, maintenance
Bamboo is undoubtedly one of my favourite plants. I almost always use it in gardens I create. Bamboo has striking[...]
A short guide to garden soil
For a gardener, the garden soil is probably the single most important thing in your garden. Everything good in the[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 3 – growing plants in the maturing garden
The pictures on this page show the garden in its first spring and early summer. One thing to note is[...]
What are weeds?
In part 2 of this weed control series, I try to answer the simple, but not entirely straightforward, question -[...]
Suburban garden makeover: from lawn to lush
In this 5 part series, I'll show you the process of transforming a good sized suburban garden from boring lawnscape[...]
Weed control – is this the gardener’s toughest job?
It is said that gardening is all about the gardener’s efforts to control nature and controlling weeds must be one[...]