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As summer slowly slips into autumn there are still plenty of plants to bring colour into your garden and lift your spirits.

Including a water feature in your garden has many benefits; it creates movement, provides a relaxing sound that can help to mask un-wanted noise, for example the sound of a busy road and, importantly will encourage wildlife to visit you.

A path can be used to connect areas of your garden together and combined with planting and design, divide up your space giving a new dimension.

What glorious spring weather we are having and I am so lucky to have fabulous countryside walks right on our doorstep to enjoy as part of our daily exercise. Whilst walking I remembered a lovely holiday we had in North Devon a few years ago. The verges and hedgerows were jam packed with wildflowers attracting all sorts of wildlife, there is something quite magical about seeing a field of poppies gently swaying in the breeze.

In these uncertain times the one true constant thing is our gardens and nature. It provides us with our sanctuary, exercise and is essential for our well-being.

I think most of us have an area in our own garden we would like to improve?  With that thought in mind, I have put together a few simple solutions and ideas of how to deal with a few common problems.

January proved to be a busy month to kick start the New Year. We attended the Marshalls Regional Road Show in Exeter with Sherborne Garden Angels and had a chance to preview their new and exciting range of garden and driveway paving materials. Despite the very wet and windy drive to Exeter, we had a really nice evening and got the chance to ask the Marshalls experts questions about their new products.

A good selection of evergreen shrubs is essential for your garden. They provide backbone and structure and give that all important year round interest. They are easy to care for and respond well to careful pruning at the correct time of year.

As I write my article for this month, I am gazing out the window at my own garden and am appreciating how important it is to have a focal point and evergreen shrubs in the garden at this time of the year.

If there is one plant for me that encapsulate winter and early spring, it is the Hellebore. Part of the buttercup family Hellebores grow best in full or dappled shade.

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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