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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 […]

Late-Summer Colour Refresh: 7 Plants That Work to Brighten Borders into Autumn

Whilst our garden-nurturers have been out tending to gardens lately, they’ve noticed that the intense heat & drought of this summer has led many plants to exhaust themselves somewhat early, or worse still, expire completely. Plants that would usually be in full bloom throughout August, keeping beds and borders colourful all season long, have faded […]

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 […]