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Super Sakura!

Raise a glass to cherry blossom – the frothiest celebration of spring. At The Garden Barn it feels like spring is finally here, heralded by the burst of fresh life that is the annual show of cherry blossom. Sure, there are earlier signs of spring-like snowdrops and early daffodils, but whilst these brave early bulbs […]

Wonder of Water Gardens

A view of the early stages of the emerging Giverny-style Monet Garden by The Oxfordshire Gardener   Water and gardens go hand-in-hand, it is the stuff of life that gives our gardens their lush verdancy with Sulis bringing natural properties to awaken our vegetable patches with wondrous variety, but water, similarly to gardens, also has […]

5 reasons why every garden needs a greenhouse (even if only a mini one)

Is there a gap in your garden that’s crying out for something a little exotic? Perhaps you just can’t find a hardy plant to suit that empty space? Or maybe you want to reap the nutritional rewards of growing-your-own? There are protected growing environments to fit every garden, from palatial orangeries to compact coldframes but […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Kitchen Garden

The festive period brings all the fun of Christmas parties, catching up with friends and seemingly endless streams of visiting relatives and all this means we end up over-indulging in all the sweet treats and roasted delights that this time of year brings….and why not? All good things come to an end though and as […]

Top 7 winter trees & shrubs with splendid barks & foliage

Welcome to the second in our series on plants for creating winter interest in your garden. This week we’ve picked our top 7 winter trees & shrubs with splendid barks or foliage…or both. Whilst winter might not conjure up quite the number of plants to rival the fantastic displays of the warmer seasons, mother nature […]

9 fruits & berries for winsome winter gardens

Winter doesn’t have to mean a barren and bare garden, nature has provided beautiful, colourful plants to delight the senses and provide sustenance at every time of year. In the first of our series on creating interest in an Oxfordshire garden in Winter, we take a look at those jewels of the colder months – […]

Create a Woodland Stumpery

Have you recently felled some trees and aren’t sure what do with leftover stumps and logs? Do you have a shady area under trees or hedges, where nothing much grows? Don’t ignore shady spots, they’re the perfect place for a wonderfully atmospheric woodland stumpery. Low maintenance and a great home for birds, insects and hedgehogs, […]

Make fallen leaves into an excellent soil improver

Making leaf mould is good motivation for raking all those leaves up; the more leaves you have, the more leaf mould you will produce. Leaf mould is an excellent soil improver. Be patient though; it takes a year for the leaves to turn into leaf mould, but it’s worth the wait and it’s free as […]

Glorious in the garden now….September

…Anenome ‘September Charm’ At it’s best: ‘September Charm’ flowers in August and, as it’s name suggests, September, making it a top choice for our ‘plant of the month’. Its host of soft pink slightly cupped, yet saucer-shaped flowers are a deeper pink on the underside of it’s petals and are set-off splendidly by its yellow […]

How to… create a stunning late-summer planter

The Oxfordshire Gardener shows us how to put together a gorgeous display of late-summer colour Ingredients: 1 x Dahlia ‘Bishop of Leicester’ 1 x Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ 2 x Agastache ‘Black Adder’ 2 x Crocosmia 2 x Gaura 2 x Persicaria affines ‘Darjeeling Red’ 1 x Physalis ‘Gigantea’  Method: Fill a water bath or […]

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