Your garden is an extension of your house and it should provide a place for you to enjoy life to the full. When Thinking about any changes that you may make to the yard, it is important to consider how you propose to use the space, not just now but in the future. This can… continue reading »
Using a variety of design principles in your garden, you can retain moisture where you need it and assist run-off in areas that get too wet. Some key principles to apply are: Select plants that are native to your area – choose low water use plants that grow without the use of synthetic fertilizers???, or… continue reading »
Wedgwood Garden – A Classic Re-Imagined was designed by Sam Ovens.Photo: Wedgwood During the 2017 Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Chatsworth Flower Show, Wedgwood unveiled its debut show garden which is open to the public, as part of a three-year partnership with the RHS. Creator of Wedgwood’s gold medal winning show garden, Sam Ovens, is a multi-award-winning designer… continue reading »
A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse L’Occitane was delighted to presented to Chelsea in 2015 with a show garden, bringing to life the sights and scents of Grasse “the world capital of perfumery” with the help of award-winning L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse fragrances were inspired and named after this famous town in the south of… continue reading »
Plant any bulbs you’ve pre-chilled as soon as you’ve removed them from the refrigerator. Cover open compost bins with a tarp when the rains begin. If frost is predicted, cover sensitive garden plants such as citrus, fuchsia and succulents or move them under a sheltering overhang. Use stakes around the plants to suspend the covering… continue reading »
Homeowners in many parts of the country are catching on to rain gardens – landscaped areas planted with wild flowers and other native vegetation that soak up rain water, coming from a roof, driveway or other impervious surface. In a storm, the rain garden fills with a few inches of water which slowly filters into… continue reading »
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If you live in a dry, nearly frost-free climate, here’s a small backyard design that’s as natural as your environment. Inspired by desert landscapes, the design uses striking plants that thrive in desert soils and need less water than exotic plants too often grown in desert and semi-arid gardens. The plantings are designed to complement… continue reading »