The sunshine returned yesterday for midsummer day. Well watered from over a week of rainfall the plants (and weeds) look fresh and bursting with vigour and growth. Here are my pick of the best of midsummer plants in my garden, including peonies, sweet peas, roses, tomatoes and a stunning border and container annuals.
Kale - the superfood that’s super easy to grow If you like eating kale, you may be interested to know how to grow it yourself. The good news is that it's easy to grow outside in the UK. Kale can be grown in the ground or in a pot, and [...]
Article for Alpine Garden Society on Leonardslee Garden's magical Rock Garden, designed by James Pulham and Sons and made entirely from artificial rock.
A year ago I was scouring the books to find ideas for greenhouse plants to grow in my dream new glasshouse. Much of the greenhouse is given over to raising plants from seed or cuttings, but as a plant lover I thought it could also be a destination - a [...]
The garden really revs up in June but it can still take a while for some of the herbaceous perennials to get to full height or flowering stage. Having some tall border plants in the garden really adds depth and interest. Here are some of my favourite tall border plants [...]
I am growing a number of pelargoniums in pots. They add interest to the bright porch area of my greenhouse , gathered in a little huddle. I will also dot them around the garden during the summer and use them as outside table decorations. Here I share six of my [...]
Meadows are great for welcoming wildlife to the garden and the lax mowing regime allows flowers to thrive in grass that wouldn't ordinarily survive. These include orchids and snakes-head fritillaries and more common varieties such as Ox-eye daisies and buttercups. All are welcome in my meadow area.
There've been many articles in the press recently saying alpines are trendy again. Maybe it's because fewer people have big gardens or maybe it's just because alpines are just so pretty. This article for the Alpine Garden Society describing why alpines are my new big thing.