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How lucky were we! In mid-September we chose perfect weather to enjoy a well earned holiday in the Cotswolds. It was a little bit of a busman’s holiday in that we visited several gardens – but what a perfect time to see them resplendent in their autumn colours.

Autumn is the perfect time of year to start planning your dream garden and the key to a successful project is in planning, so make yourself a cuppa and consider these points before you start.

What a great time we had at this year’s Taunton Flower Show. In January I started to think about the design for my show garden. I did some research and discovered that in July it would be the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing – such an incredible achievement for mankind, and I thought this would make a perfect theme for my garden.

As I am writing this month’s column the weather is glorious – at last summer appears to be here!

I thought this month I would tell you about the projects I have been busy designing and, suffice to say it has been a full-on year and we are only just over half way through!

Fashion and new trends affect us all in some way, whether it is how we decorate our homes or what we wear, and it is no different for our gardens.

It has never been more important than now to plant for pollinators in our gardens.  Insect populations are dwindling and they need all the help they can get. 

When you start to look closely at nature, you will see spirals and curves everywhere from sea shells to fir cones, and when they are used in garden design create a pleasing effect using hard landscaping materials, plants or even your lawn.

Boundary walls and fences mark the edge of your property and form a major part of any design scheme. Your choice should complement the hard landscaping to create a harmonious effect, forming a back drop to your planting or a structure for climbers.

First impressions count!  With more pressure than ever to make the most of our space, with less on street parking available, and new homes being built without driveways, many households have swapped their front garden grass for concrete.

With all the festivities now behind us, it is the perfect time to start planning what you would like to do in your garden this year.

Last month I wrote about scent in the winter garden.   This month the spotlight is on Winter Greens.  Most perennials die back in the winter months but there are a few brave souls that soldier on!

Although you might not spend a lot of time in your garden during the winter months, the smell of a fragrant shrub on a miserable winter’s day will lift your spirits for sure!

It is that time again when the spring bulbs start to appear in garden centres, and I feel excited about my plans for my own garden next year!

As this long and very hot summer continues keeping our plants watered has become more difficult- with no significant rain fall for ages, garden water butts have long since run dry. 

What a great time we had at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2018!

Exhibiting a show garden is a military operation and a team effort.  The logistics of getting yourself, plants and materials to site takes some organising!


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