Here are the cottage garden flowers that are still looking good after days of strong winds and hailstorms here in my sheltered small London garden
For those of us without a big garden or a cutting patch here’s how we can make a very few flowers cut from our garden looking lovely in our homes through the growing season.
Buying plants online is a fantastic way to fill your garden and to support independent plant nurseries. You can buy what you like the look of now to plant now and flower this time next year. Yes, gardening is all about thinking ahead.
Your front garden or your area by your front door is a chance to give some pleasure to passers-by and visitors who may never see your back garden. So think of ways to make it lovely to walk past using scent, colour and interesting plants.
The cottage garden style welcomes and treasures self-seeding plants. We can leave them alone or we can move them about but I choose to just leave them where they have decided to grow and work around that.
My south facing front garden looks fabulous through spring and into June but it has totally collapsed now, leaving great gaps of parched bare soil. My favourite style will have to adapt for future dry and hot seasons.
Cottage garden planting means beds, borders and containers crammed full of plants you love just because you love them. Let some weeds in, let in the wildlife and sit back and enjoy the mad profusion of the seasons.
My garden is 95% green planting and I get colour from pots and furniture – I don’t have the big blowsy flowers that would fill the borders full of colour. Maybe you don’t either. All is not lost.
I’m lucky to have fabulous scent in my front garden right now because I’ve planted shrubs which flower now, when days are dark and colour is scarce. Here are some suggestions for you.
In the low September sunshine some plants shine out more than others. Here are the loveliest in my garden right now.
Here is a short practical blog showing how cutting my perennial plants back to the ground now will be good for the garden and good for the soil. I can spread compost in the new spaces and new growth will be up within a week or so. It takes a spurt of courage to hack away at growing plants but do it now and your garden will look for for months.
Here are Six Signs of Life in my garden and Chelsea Physic Garden this week. Six plants providing scent, colour, food for wildlife or bursting into bud ready for the Spring
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