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Lighting – a few pointers

The beauty of installing some carefully placed lights is that you can create a whole new look for your garden at night. You can create a fabulous outdoor room incorporating more practical lighting for outdoor entertaining during the summer months but also a theatrical set which can be viewed from the warmth of your kitchen …

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Lighting

Perennial grasses

Grasses are an invaluable part of any garden designer’s repertoire.  Long before any consideration of colour, the garden designer needs to think about structure, texture and movement in a garden and within a border.  Grasses offer all of these and are able to enhance the garden all summer and well into autumn and winter. They …

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Perennial Grasses

Some thoughts on trees . . .

Trees in a garden are vital.  They straddle the divide between the hard landscaping and the planting.  Additionally, they play a pivotal role in the architecture and design of a garden.  They are living forms which change and grow with the seasons.  Far too many people resist planting trees as they will not see them in …

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An afternoon with George Carter

A couple of weeks ago, I had the great good fortune to spend a couple of hours with George Carter, a nationally and internationally renowned garden designer, specialising in formal gardens inspired by the simple geometry of the 17th century.  His style works equally well with old and new buildings and in large country gardens …

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Designer’s Top Tip . . . for small gardens

Transform this place into your favourite ‘room’! Remember that two thirds of your view is boundary so make the most of this vital growing space with climbers such as Trachelospermum jasminoides or Star Jasmine. This wonderful plant is evergreen, self clinging, will grow in full sun or dappled shade and is frost hardy.  It has …

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Small Garden Climber

The View

Borrow beautiful views!  A well designed garden should make the most of the landscape or ‘urbanscape’ beyond.  Consider framing a view with an ‘outside window’ through a trellis or a hedge.  A good example of this is shown here at East Ruston Old Vicarage in Norfolk. Not all views in a garden are good however.  Areas …

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The View