Gardening Archive

LUDLOW LAWN

A double-fronted Georgian town house in Ludlow has been treated to a redesign by Caroline Harrowby. Here, we look at its garden… Alexander James The Gothick summer house The owners had had their eye on the house for some time when it came up

THE YOUNG GARDENERS SERIES: CHARLIE HARPUR

Charlie Harpur is a junior landscape designer at Tom Stuart-Smith where he spends his weeks considering everything from the broader landscape to the precise species of plants to be used in gardens – he plots swathes of trees, drifts of prairie and blocks of blooms. Having trained as an

JEKYLL & PEARSON

A collaboration between Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll is a wonderful legacy and the current owners of Folly Farm in Berkshire have fully embraced the restoration of their Arts and Crafts garden A decade ago, Folly Farm in Berkshire had fallen from view; its

THE ENCHANTED ORCHIDS OF OAXACA

Jonny Bruce, the current Christopher Lloyd scholar at Great Dixter in East Sussex, made the voyage to Orquidedeario Octavio in Oaxaca to see a collection of over 1200 species of Mexico’s native orchids A solitary dog barking whilst a man of indecipherable age bends to collect plastic

Lay the perfect patio flooring

Choosing the right material for patio flooring can be tricky. From decking, bricks, paving or gravel – which is the best option for your garden? TERRIFIC TIMBER GETTY Decking is great for many situations such as uneven surfaces, slightly sloping sites and sunny areas. But in a shady spot the porous

How to attract bees to your garden

Bees are key pollinators and their numbers are in decline. Without a healthy population there are serious implications for many garden plants and food crops. Sharon Jervis, the founder of giftware retailer Beefayre, offers advice on how to attract bees to your garden. Plant

10 tropical plants you can grow in the UK

It’s possible to get a tropical style garden without having to swathe your plants in bubble wrap every winter! These are the top tropical plants for a colder climate. 1. Chusan palm/Trachycarpus fortunei A really lovely palm (above) with fan-shaped leaves. This is a hardy plant

How to clean decking in 3 easy steps

Wooden decking needs regular care to keep it looking good and, before you get your patio furniture out of storage, this is the time to get rid of dirt and mould that’s accumulated over winter. Follow this easy how to clean decking guide to get it

How to grow the perfect tree for your garden

A tree will bring year-round interest and colour into even the smallest garden – but consider how big it will eventually become. WHICH TREE TO CHOOSE If you’d prefer a tree that doesn’t need any pruning, and grows to no more than about 3m

How to keep your plants free from pests and diseases

Planning your garden so that you’re planting in the right places is important for growing healthy plants, but even so, pests and diseases can scupper your good work.​ Catching problems early is key to keeping your garden bug-and disease-free. While you’re watering the plants, keep