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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 […]

Bring your holiday home….the Italian Garden

 Image: Kim Newton / Alamy  Returning from a Roman holiday? Missing the Mediterranean? Read on for our top tips on bringing an artfully elegant latin look to your garden. It’s all Greek… You might figure that the gardens of grand Renaissance Villas like those at Villa d’Este and Villa Lante, represent the birth of the classical Italian […]

Glorious in the garden now…

  …Achillea ‘Terracotta’ At it’s best: Achilleas generally flower from July through August and September, providing colour ranging from whites, pinks and reds through to shades of yellow and muted orange tones, perfect for reflecting the hazy golden sunlight of late summer and early autumn. Foliage is fernlike, sometimes silvery and downy. The seed-heads continue […]

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