Category Archives for Gardening Ideas

Garden Design: How do You Enjoy Plants?

Well ordered rows of pelargoniums and salvias or elegant drifts of lavender or exuberant muddles of poppies and peonies? There are no rules, but remember plants can enhance a good design or emphasize a bad one. They look best when … Continue reading

20. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design: Your Needs and Wants

The idea of listing what you need in your garden is still the most straightforward way and the best way of not forgetting anything. Walk around your garden and make notes. You might like to start at your drive. Do … Continue reading

19. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Design

The GARDENS we remember with pleasure are the ones which appear to have been set out quite effortlessly. These gardens have style. Yet if we look more closely at them we will find that a considerable amount of thought has … Continue reading

17. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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When to Plant Shrubs, Trees, Evergreen Shrubs and Perrenials

TIMING HARDY PLANTS Although you can plant pot-grown shrubs at any time of the year when the soil is workable, the best planting times are: mid-spring and early autumn for conifers and evergreens, autumn for woody trees, shrubs, fruit and … Continue reading

27. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Making a Garden Pond

Making a Pond Ponds are ideal for encouraging lots of wildlife into your garden as well as adding significantly to the overall visual appeal. They are a great source of interest and education, particularly for children. However, since they can … Continue reading

26. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Boundaries: Fence or Hedge?

TO FENCE OR TO HEDGE? It is likely that you will want or have to mark the boundaries of your garden, for security or a more decorative garden, or both. The quickest solution is obviously to erect a fence – … Continue reading

25. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Garden Paving, Patios, Decking, Block Paving

Hard Surfaces in the Garden Although it’s reasonable to think that the plants make any garden, hard surfaces, including walls, paths and paved areas, often have an equally important role in adding to the overall visual impact. From a practical … Continue reading

23. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Basic Garden Design Tips

Designing a new garden or giving the old one a facelift doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting. The main thing is that you don’t have to do it all at once, like on TV makeover programmes. We moved to … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by Dave Pinkney
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Spring Tasks in the Garden

In spring… At last it is time to begin. After the long winter period with nothing to do, work begins in March and increases rapidly: • Sow seed of summer annuals, herbs and vegetables, either in the house or directly … Continue reading

20. March 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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Oleander | Nerium oleander

Oleanders are members of the Apocynaceae family, that immediately evoke the Mediterranean. It is therefore not surprising that these evergreen, bushy shrubs growing up to 3 m (10 ft) high are so popular. The narrow, lanceolate leaves are as elegant … Continue reading

20. March 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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