Plants for soggy soil

Plants for soggy soil

For many of us this glorious wave of warm weather has seen us diving into the cobwebby recesses of our garden sheds to rediscover our hosepipes that lie coiled, like hibernating snakes, beneath a load of muck and gubbins. But this is not true of everyone. Lorraine...
The dark side of Hellebores

The dark side of Hellebores

There are many different species of hellebores and rightly so, because these beautiful plants flower throughout winter and into spring, just when we need a splash of colour and intrigue in our gardens. And intriguing they are. Helleborus niger, commonly known as the...
A split level suburban garden

A split level suburban garden

The garden A narrow strip of garden runs along the back of the house; it is 17 metres in length and just 5 metres in depth. North facing, it gets some sun at each end, dependent on the time of day. The garden is split level and the client is in a wheelchair. Raised...
Cut off their heads?

Cut off their heads?

It certainly feels like the summer borders have peaked too soon! Perennials that would usually still be sitting pretty have given us a fine display and gone to seed. But all is not lost, I believe there’s still time to get a second flush of flowers by cutting some of...
A beech for the birds

A beech for the birds

It’s raining outside, softly, gently and I’m entranced by our garden. Droplets of water have settled in a line beneath the pergola; shining like crazy diamonds they are defying gravity and refusing to fall. They are mesmerising in their stillness. The bare...