A Shady Patio Bed in London

I am finding the Patio Bed another difficult area – semi-shaded, good soil but chalky a few feet down. I was not happy with the positioning of plants last year and so I have made some changes this year, the second year.

Sloping site – first ideas

We have to tackle a blank canvas and a sloping site – and the plants need to be HARDY. The soil is normal, and there is sunshine, apart from the shade under the magnolia tree. What to plant underneath the magnolia tree? Euphorbias, Brunnera, Bergenias… They murmured something about ‘a table and chairs for sipping wine…’…

Shady, damp border in London

After several wonderful weeks in South Africa (more posts to come on the Botanical Gardens in SA!) I am back in London and tackling the garden which was newly planted this time last year. I left it alone to grow during 2015 and let it die down naturally over the winter – well, that is…

Durban Botanic Gardens’ Colours & Corners

I couldn’t resist showing you a few more of the wonderful plants in the Durban Botanic Gardens!  Exotic cheeseplants.

The Cycad Collection, Durban Botanical Gardens

The wonderfully peaceful and green oasis of the Durban Botanical Gardens lies between the City of Durban and the hills of the Berea and is the oldest Botanical Gardens in Durban, founded in 1849, and modelled on the Gardens in Cape Town. The Cycad Collection is apparently the rarest in the world and has been built up since…