Garden Planning

Fall is a strangely hectic time for gardeners and while all the plants are preparing for winter hibernation the gardeners are busy with sowing, moving perennials, reorganizing flower beds and building outdoor furnishings.I can't tell which is more exhilarating, setting up the garden layout for next year or seeing the results the following spring. What makes things even more exciting this season is that I have two completely new areas to work with and a very young shade garden to develop....more

Arne Maynard on Garden Design

It looks like I may be permanently leaving London........................

As you know, three weeks ago I made the decision to sell my London house and live permanently (well for the next couple of years at least) in a small village in the Oxfordshire countryside. Yep, I was turning my back on the bright lights and big city ..... because ...... well it's obvious isn't it? ............ fields and roadkill are so much more interesting. Actually, I had better not delve into that rationale too much or I might change my mind (again). ...more

It looks like I may be finally leaving London........................

As you know, three weeks ago I made the decision to sell my London house and live permanently (well for the next couple of years at least) in a small village in the Oxfordshire countryside. Yep, I was turning my back on the bright lights and big city ..... because ...... well it's obvious isn't it? ............ fields and roadkill are so much more interesting. Actually, I had better not delve into that rationale too much or I might change my mind (again). ...more

If your potential buyers are British - I'd barter :) Just couch it in Brit-friendly terms about ...more

A Sneaky Snapdragon and Other Serendipitous Plants

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I didn't even notice the snapdragon until it was almost ready to bloom. There behind the winterberry bush a scattered seed had germinated and flourished un-tended and unintended. Suddenly stalks of delicate pink pockets of flowers arose from behind the informal hedge as if to say, "Ha-ha, look at me, you're not totally in charge of this garden". Read more about these accidental plants and floriferous garden party crashers at The Garden Buzz  ...more

The Green Garden

I can hardly believe it is June. People have held up a banner that said, "If your garden doesn't look good in June it never will."  This always makes me laugh because your garden could look drop dead gorgeous in June and totally barren in December. A design rule to remember is that a perennial garden should be two-thirds evergreen. Yes, that is correct. It will never look barren in December, January and February. It will be pleasing to look at all 365 days of the year. ...more
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