Planting combination for August: Tall, gauzy and with presence

By suspending all blogging activities for over a year, I have made some time to coax our garden into looking  more like a garden.  It has metamorphosed from a bramble nest, through deconstruction to the builder rubble era and now has plants. One of most useful things that I learnt when I studied landscape architecture…

Beth Chatto and choosing the right plant

There is a terrible drawback to gardening called impulse buying.  I only have to walk through a garden centre on a birdseed buying mission, to  find hands have wandered off on auto pilot and gathered up pots or bulbs. For our garden, this is strictly not allowed as we are still in the garden-making stage…

Looking good in August

All three of the perennials below are dominating the flowerbeds right now. Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ Please do follow us!

Top Ten Tips for drought in the garden

August is a time for frazzled lawns, thistledown parachutes and gaps in the flower-beds.  In the East of England, drought usually kicks in.  Here is a handy list of how to combat that drat drought weather.  As ever, the way is to work with nature. Get your soil right.  This winter incorporate humus rich material…