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Garden Design Ideas Using Architectural Plants Agapanthus

Garden Design Ideas Using Architectural Plants Agapanthus

Architectural plants are what give our gardens form, colour and drama. Garden designers love their strong and distictive shapes and one of my favourites is agapanthus. They are strikingly beautiful plants with intensely coloured flowers that originate from South Africa. Agapanthus have lush strappy leaves and upright strong stems that are topped with balls of flowers. Incredibly versatile … Continue reading

Garden Design Ideas – French Style

Garden Design Ideas – French Style

Garden design styling can enhance any garden regardless of it’s size. Choosing the right furniture, containers or even sculpture can transform an interesting garden into a really stunning space. I saw this circular metal seat recently on holiday in France and thought it looked beautiful. It makes the tree a real focal point in the courtyard … Continue reading

Hitchin Allotment Onions

Hitchin Allotment Onions

Despite the wet weather and probably because of it this year has seen our best onion crop. On our Hitchin allotment we planted these red and yellow onion sets last autumn and the rain has made them grow and swell beautifully. Keen not to have a repeat of last year where the onions were left for … Continue reading

Garden Design Favourite Perennials – Astrantia

Garden Design Favourite Perennials – Astrantia

Every garden designer has their favourite plants. Astrantias are one of my favourite perennials for this time of year. I love their wiry stems and delicate flowers. Once used in cottage garden borders they now work equally well planted with grasses in a contemporary setting. Astrantias are easy to grow and will tolerate full sun or … Continue reading

Winter Greens – Cavolo Nero

Winter Greens – Cavolo Nero

Imagine a vegetable that tastes like kale but has the texture of savoy cabbage and you’ve got Cavolo Nero. We’ve been growing it successfully on our allotment in Hitchin for several years now and love it. It’s an Italian cabbage that comes from Tuscany with very dark green almost black leaves. In fact ‘cavolo nero’ … Continue reading