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Working Wonders on Wisteria: A Summer-Pruning Masterclass

With the searing heat of July on the wane, the gentle, hazy descent into the mellow-gold of autumn begins, but before we say goodbye to summer there’s a major job to do in the gardens…. August is the perfect time to tackle summer-pruning wisterias. Master-pruner and all-round plant-whisperer, Alex James, The Oxfordshire Gardener’s Senior Horticulturist, […]

Landscaping For Young Ones: Gardens That Grow With Your Family

With schools either just breaking up for summer or shortly about to do so, if you have children or young people at home, then you may have found yourself dreading the overwhelming task of endlessly planning days out and other ways to keep them occupied. The time, effort and, not to mention, money that it […]

Glorious in the Garden Now…

… Agapanthus At it’s best: We not sure about your garden, but here at The Garden Barn, the star of the garden is in no doubt and it’s our showstopping agapanthus. A native of South Africa where it tends to reside in coastal, clifftop locations, this plant likes to cosy into crevices and ledges where there is […]

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, […]

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