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My beautiful flowers
I'm delighted to introduce the first reader's contribution to be featured on the site. This post was submitted by Connie[...]
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[...]
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[...]
How do plants grow? Becoming a Gardener – Step 1
For most people gardening is about plants. Admittedly, features like paths, walls, fences and decks play part in creating the[...]
Taking care of dahlias: the trick with deadheading
To my mind, one of the greatest strengths of dahlias, is that they can go on flowering from mid-summer right[...]
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’: Japanese Garden Star
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Common name : Japanese Maple Family : Aceraceae Acer palmatums are tremendous garden plants, probably amongst the[...]
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[...]
How to grow dahlias
According to the late Christopher Lloyd, whose Great Dixter garden featured multiple dahlia cultivars, dahlias are best in in late[...]
Why get rid of weeds?
In the other posts in this weed control series, I've written about what weeds are and made the point that,[...]
Suburban garden makeover: Part 5 – the vegetable garden
The productive garden I've featured the development of the fruit and vegetable garden separately, as the images seem to work[...]
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[...]
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[...]