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  • Lawn Aeration - How to Guide

    What is lawn aeration?

    Lawn aeration is the process of creating channels in your lawn, enabling air and water to circulate into the soil allowing grass roots to become free. The benefits of this lawn care regime include: Continue reading

  • Guide to the Perfect Lawn

    How to Get the Perfect Lawn

    Most people strive for that beautiful lush, green lawn and you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s not that difficult to achieve either. Continue reading

  • Lobelias - Planting and Growing Guide

    Lobelias are good for:

  • Glendurgan Garden - subtropical garden

    Top tips for creating an inspirational garden - Glendurgan, subtropical garden

    Glendurgan is a magical landscape of three coastal valleys nestled by woodland. From spectacular views of the Helford River to giant rhubarb plants and jungle- esque valleys, it's the perfect place to take the kids. Continue reading

  • Mixed Basket Inspiration

    Basket recipe

  • Growing Onions

    The onion (allium) is one of the most versatile vegetables in the kitchen and is easy to grow and store. High in vitamins B and C and essential dietary fibre, the onion is an essential part of most diets. Continue reading

  • Monk's House - Leonard and Virginia Woolf's country cottage

    Top tips for creating an inspirational garden – Monk's House, Leonard and Virginia Woolf's country cottage

    Author Virginia Woolf's 17th century cottage is a jewel in the Sussex countryside. Surrounded by orchards, flowers and vegetable gardens, ponds and lawns, it conjures qualities of a quintessential English country garden. Continue reading

  • Inspiration for urban gardens

    Increasingly the size of gardens is shrinking, especially inner city ones. This does not mean, however, that you can't create a beautiful and usable outdoor space.

    Design

    Design is important to ensure the space is used as efficiently and effectively as possible. Whether you're going for a courtyard feel, an outdoor 'room', a plant paradise or a vegetable plot, all can be achieved in a small space. Simplicity is often the key to a successful urban garden as more complex designs can feel too busy or that too many ideas have been crammed in.

    Colour

    Light colours are useful to brighten up small gardens that are hemmed in by houses. Plants and flowers can be used to do this but also using colourful materials for patios and boundaries will give your garden a lift.

    Planting

    When considering the planting scheme for the garden, scale is very important. Large trees and shrubs should be avoided as they can quickly outgrow their space in the garden and dominate it. Obelisks and arches, with climbers growing up them, can bring height to the garden without taking up a lot of space. Using scented plants can be very effective as their fragrances aren't blown away as easily.

    Privacy

    Pergolas are very useful in smaller gardens to provide privacy from overlooking houses. Climbers can be grown up through them to make them look prettier, whilst still allowing some light to pass through to the area underneath.

    Boundaries

    With a small garden the boundaries are more integral to the look and feel of it than in larger gardens. Screening or decorative fence panels can be used to make the boundaries part of the design. Growing climbers up fencing covers them without taking up as much space as large shrubs. The boundaries also allow you to grow vertically, giving more room to plant. Hanging baskets, wall pots and wall planters can all be used to take advantage of this space.

  • Busy Lizzies - Planting and Growing Guide

    Busy Lizzies is a popular bedding plant due to its ability to thrive in shady areas, whilst adding a splash of colour. The impatiens species can be annual and perennial, producing flowers from early summer through to the first frosts. Continue reading

  • Inspiration for roof and balcony gardens

    Many people living in flats still want to be able to enjoy gardening. The presence of a balcony or a flat roof space (provided it can safely take the weight) allows for this to be done, albeit on a smaller scale. The key is to use raised beds and containers to provide areas for planting in.

    Use of Containers

    Obviously there is no soil on balconies or roofs like there is in a normal garden. This doesn't however mean that you can't grow plants. Using containers means you can grow a large range of plants in a small area. Growing plants in hanging baskets, wall planters and window boxes means you can take advantage of all the space provided by a balcony.

    Balcony Walls

    The walls of a balcony are obviously quite a major, and imposing, feature. Painting them, putting up decorations or even growing plants up them are all things to consider. Pots with trellis attached to the back can be used to grow climbers that will cover the trellis blocking the walls and increasing the feeling of being outside in nature.

    Wildlife

    Living in a flat doesn't have to mean missing out on wildlife either. Planting up your balcony or roof garden with nectar rich plants will attract pollinating insects and butterflies just as they would in a normal garden. It's even possible to grow a mini wildflower meadow in a pot to attract insects. Putting up bird feeders and a bird bath will attract birds.

    Benefits of a Balcony Garden

    • Allows you to garden even if your 5 stories up!
    • Plants will bring life and colour to what otherwise could be a dull and dreary place
    • Insects and birds may be attracted, creating a wildlife haven for you to enjoy
    • Provides a beautiful area to relax and entertain

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