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The best garden plants for winter colour

The best garden plants for winter colour

There's a real magic about the depths of winter in the garden, when you're able to spot the rich colours of evergreen and hardy plant life still brightening up the space. In the summertime, bold and colourful flowers are everywhere - but in winter, it's important to...

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Preparing your garden for winter

Preparing your garden for winter

As the days start to draw in, autumn could be mistaken for a time where you can relax and put your feet up in the garden. But not so fast! Just as we might prepare for the colder, darker months by getting the heating on, lighting a candle or two and settling in front...

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Planting for autumn colour

Planting for autumn colour

There's a hint of wistfulness in the air for me as the seasons change, days get shorter and the weather starts to turn. Where has summer gone?! On the other hand, there's a majesty about autumn colours that's really easy and rewarding to bring into your garden. Seeing...

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The best screening plants for garden privacy

The best screening plants for garden privacy

My readers often ask how to use planting in their gardens to create privacy, block an unsightly view or cushion noise pollution from nearby roads or train tracks. Whether you're keen to forget about a not-so-attractive vista at the end of your garden, create a private...

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Your post-holiday garden care guide

Your post-holiday garden care guide

We're all going on a summer holiday! Well, if we're lucky that is. After the year or so we've had, most of us are more in need of a holiday than ever before. Many of us have recently had plenty of time at home to carefully tend the garden, so the thought of leaving it...

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A guide to summer pruning

A guide to summer pruning

When you're busy enjoying the summertime in your garden, it can be easy to overlook tasks like summer pruning. Pruning is for when plants are dormant in winter, right? Well... not quite. Summer pruning is essential to keep your plants strong, healthy, in good shape...

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The best crops to grow in small spaces

The best crops to grow in small spaces

You just can't beat the taste and satisfaction levels of home-grown produce. If you have a smaller garden, a paved yard or even a balcony, you may feel that you don't have enough space to grow your own fruit and veg. However, there are lots of great fruit and...

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Plants for shady gardens

Plants for shady gardens

It's easy to sing the praises of a gloriously sunny, south-facing garden. Just like the plants we grow, many of us love to soak up the sun! It's tempting to think that beautiful plants only grow in sunny gardens - but there are lots of wonderful plants for shady...

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My top low-maintenance gardening hacks

My top low-maintenance gardening hacks

There's no denying that maintaining a garden is a commitment if you want it to look great. However, there are lots of ways to manage your garden that will keep things simple and no-fuss, leaving you all the more time to sit back and enjoy your surroundings. In this...

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Eco-friendly pest control for your garden

Eco-friendly pest control for your garden

There's nothing more frustrating to the committed gardener than seeing a prized shrub munched by bugs, or tender new seedlings being leeched by aphids. Keeping on top of pests is key to a successful garden, but I prefer to take a green, eco-friendly approach to pest...

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