Category Archives for Planning and Design

Planting on a Slope

Should your garden be on a slope it does not necessarily mean you will be planting on a slope, as the garden may be terraced and have retaining walls. But planting on a slope is slightly more difficult and requires … Continue reading

19. June 2013 by admin
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Cultivating New Gardens

Tackling new or neglected land New ground is usually inherited when you move house. It may be a bare patch attached to a new house or an overgrown garden that has been neglected for years. Both allow you to create … Continue reading

25. August 2011 by admin
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Planning a Garden: Style and Design

Plan before you plant The secret of a successful garden lies in the planning stage. Careful planning ensures that the end result looks good and suits your lifestyle. First assess the site and local conditions, and consider what the garden … Continue reading

22. August 2011 by admin
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Front Gardens for Function and Impact

Planning Front Gardens The first impressions of a house and its inhabitants is inevitably given by the front garden. Even if there is no such thing, the tub by the door and the window boxes start to provide value-judgments in … Continue reading

12. May 2011 by admin
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Garden Features for Improved Garden Design

Garden Features ‘What Do You Want?’ It has been suggested in the previous posts, that to make a successful garden you should take a long, hard look at what you have, look first at the whole site (however small) from … Continue reading

11. May 2011 by admin
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Garden Steps for Interest and Functionality

Garden Steps There comes a point with sloping sites where paths can no longer be allowed to drift with the contours. This is particularly the case with hard paths in formal or semi-formal situations. Sloping paving, though no doubt admirable … Continue reading

11. May 2011 by admin
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Gardens are for Plants

Gardens are for Plants In our culture there is no doubt that the title of this post is a perfectly acceptable truism. Everybody (or nearly everybody) does garden, even in the most unpromising of situations. Books, magazines, websites or articles … Continue reading

10. May 2011 by admin
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Right Conditions for a Successful Garden

Range of Conditions and Sites While other sections of this website deal in rather greater detail with shady gardens and other garden areas and sites posing particular problems, it is worth considering the possible diversity of the garden scene. So … Continue reading

10. May 2011 by admin
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Humphrey Repton’s Influence on Gardening

Humphry Repton In the 1790’s and the early years of the 19th century, the landscape gardener who took on the mantle of Capability Brown was Humphry Repton (he was, incidentally, the first to use that title of himself). As a … Continue reading

10. May 2011 by admin
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Designing the Garden Around the Shape of Your Plot

The Shape of the Garden Plot It becomes necessary at some point between the ‘What have I got?’ and ‘What do I want?’ questions to get to work with tape measure, ruler, pencil and rubber and some squared paper.   … Continue reading

10. May 2011 by admin
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