Planting in dry shade

The garden has an old and quite large damson tree which fruits and which is also enjoyed by the squirrels. But of course it creates shade. And because of the walls on two sides of the garden I am challenged by snails and slugs. I am starting to think what I can do with the…

Tackling the jungle

The project to renovate the London garden has progressed very slowly – ‘life’ intervened. However, I now have a plan for the garden, and I have started work, stripping out almost everything back to the ground. Shrubs have been cut out, and the overgrown box bushes, and now I am tackling the invasive ivy, a few hours…

Garden makeover – north-facing terrace

The north-facing side of the house is a small, paved terrace garden planted with small shrubs and perennials. It is pretty all year round and the planting has worked well. However, the terrace borders on to a field and although I have mainly controlled the ground elder the pesky plant has invaded one of the…

Garden Makeover

A year ago the ‘Patio Garden’ was pretty: hot and sunny, the daisies flowered prolifically, as did the iris. But it is now at the end of its fourth season. The rose has grown, the nepeta have become woody, as have the achilleas, and the artemisia just isn’t thriving. The hedge has thickened and together…