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Plant Colour Trends 2019

2018 saw big, bold yellows emblazoning borders. This wasn’t just a splash of sunshine here and there though, no, this was a full palette of yellows from lemon chiffon and pale daffodil to canary-yellow and rich buttery golds.  Elsewhere plummy, jammy tones lent moody romance to cottage gardens with an abundance of lupin spires adding […]

Potagers: Gardens Where Grace is Practically Perfect in Every Way

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris, February 1880 We believe the same to be true outside your houses too. It’s the New Year, and with all the bouncy optimism of a newborn lamb, you’re determined to blow the cobwebs out of […]

Too Late to Grapple Grapevines?

Vine pruning is an art shrouded with mystery and master vine-growers are often viewed with awe, even by horticulturalists, for the sheer depth and breadth of their knowledge of the multiple methods of revamping vines in order to bring forth the very juiciest bunches of berries (yes, technically, grapes are berries rather than fruits).   […]

Styling an Oxfordshire Gardener Natural Christmas Wreath

At first glance at this time of year, some gardens can seem as though they aren’t quite the bountiful havens of the summer months. But look a little deeper and you may find that, though less obvious, the winter garden can bring just as much natural beauty to your decor as the cutting garden during […]

What to do in Winter: Plan a Productive Kitchen Garden

There’s just 10 short days until the Winter Solstice, when days slowly begin to lengthen, heralding the approach of spring and gardens soon to burst back into life. We’re poised, brimming with anticipation, dreaming of the daffodils poking their heads through the current carpet of frost outside!    Whilst our team are still busy mulching […]

Bare-Necessities: Bare-Root Planting Uncovered

Late-autumn through winter is the perfect time for planting bare-root trees, roses and shrubs, but why do we plump for bare-root planting at this time of year? What are the benefits? And when exactly is the best time to plant your bare-root bonanza? It takes imagination to envisage bare-root stock in full bloom, when they […]

Top 7 feature trees for the thinking person’s garden

Whether you are looking to add some structure to your garden, hoping to do your bit for the environment or just replacing an old tree, we have some suggestions for you that will stand out from the crowd and make a stunning statement in any garden. The horizon has been aglow with colour lately as […]

Meet Stewart Knight: Designer & Curator of Gardens

I can’t put my finger on what is it about Stewart. There’s something completely unassuming, yet equally authoritative about him that immediately evinces you with the feeling that you’re in safe hands. Having studied Horticulture at Pershore College, then moving to Ohio to work in garden construction before returning home to Britain to design and […]

Great Grasses: 4 Hand-Picked Garden Heroes

Whether you’re planning your very own prairie paradise or require some structure in an already burgeoning bed, grasses can give a garden just the right mixture of flourish and casual sophistication. Creating a naturalistic look by growing swathes of grasses not only adds movement to otherwise static beds but gives height and a repeated framework […]

Lawncare: Extraordinary Lawns

Autumn is the perfect time for lawn care. Lawns have taken a real battering this summer, scorched to cinders by weeks of blistering heat and desiccated by months without so much as a drop of rain. But as this year’s seemingly endless summer fades from our immediate consciousness, autumn tempests are rolling in from the […]