There has been huge interest in home-grown and British cut flowers over the past few years and this is going from strength to strength, gardeners are buying flower seed to grow flowers in their gardens or allotments and florists are starting to see a demand for locally grown British flowers. The trend is for soft, […]
At Bath Garden Design, we are huge fans of colour in the garden, whether it is from the planting or the structures such as fences and gates, furniture and timber structures as well as walls. Colour can either perk up a grey day, of which we have had far too many lately, or it can […]
Winter does not mean that the garden has to become a no-go zone. We do not believe that a garden needs to be ‘put to bed’ as there are so many jobs still to do and plants to enjoy. Here are some of our ideas on the kind of tasks that can be accomplished before […]
The heady old-fashioned scent of sweet peas conjures up summery memories for many people.They are very easy to grow and you will get a lot of pleasure from them so I would encourage anyone to have a go.
Not everyone has room in their garden to grow vegetables or indeed has a garden at all. It is possible to grow vegetables and salads in pots and containers on a balcony, windowsill or simply on steps or in hanging baskets. Vegetables can be as pretty as flowers and they add a very different dimension […]
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One of my favourite moments in the year is when the Magnolias start to flower. Along with wisteria, Magnolias herald the new season of sunny warm days and having been modestly hidden in the garden for months, they suddenly show themselves everywhere with their amazing pinky white cup and star shaped blooms. Magnolias are unimaginably […]
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Benches or garden seats are an important element in a garden. Somewhere to rest, to relax, to socialise, or to simply have a quick sit-down while you admire your hard work. Without them the garden becomes a place you walk through or view from the window. There should be at least one seating place but […]
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Houseleeks or Sempervivum (meaning live for ever) are succulent ornamental hardy plants that have been used in pleasure gardens since around the thirteenth century. Later during the Italian Renaissance these plants were adopted for use in planting schemes as a solid massed groundcover, which also included camomile, mint, tarragon and violets.
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The war being waged between gardeners and slugs and snails is a never-ending one. I have been known to obsessively go out after dark during the summer months with a torch and bucket and pick the critters off my plants, much to the amusement of my family. They are then swiftly dispatched in the lane […]