Beware plastic netting in lawn and wildflower turf

One of the biggest problems in designed gardens that I and people I work with come across is plastic mesh buried in lawns R

Wild about Weeds Photograph Competition 2020 – winners!

There were loads of entries into the first Wild about Weeds 2020 Photography Competition! Entries were incredibly strong with

17 reasons to avoid fake lawns – how bad is artificial grass for the environment?

I never design gardens with fake grass for aesthetic, experiential and environmental reasons. That said, some of my clients do

Come back dragonfly

I spent the whole of yesterday writing outside in our garden for a new project and it’s amazing what you notice by doing

Gardening needs diversity

Over the last week I’ve watched what is happening in America in horror and disbelief, largely of course because the systemic

Pot’s Growing On in April? Here come the insects, pretty things and dividing geraniums

I’m sitting outside writing in a t-shirt, spring is here! I mean, it has turned chilly now and I’m defiantly carry


We’re all stuck at home in an attempt to curb the spread of covid-19 coronavirus and if you’re like me, to get thr

Littlebury garden redesign (part two) – Breathing new life into the soil

As I write this the country has for all intents and purposes joined the rest of the world going into lockdown for three weeks

11 ideas to grow your way through Coronavirus self-isolation boredom

Supermarkets have plenty of food to see us all through the coronavirus (covid-19) but in the likely event of having to go thro

From plant to seed bank, how Kew Gardens is saving the planet’s flora and us

I’ve been visiting Kew Gardens – like many people I’m sure – since I was a little boy and have been at

Growing avocados in London

It’s been widely known that avocados can grow in London for decades, I’ve seen the trees around the city since I m

What seeds to sow in January

In the UK in January, daylight hours are still very short, outside temperatures low and likely to get lower in February. The b

Book Review: Rootbound: Rewilding A Life by Alice Vincent

Full disclosure, Alice is a good friend, so going into Rootbound I kept trying to discern if I enjoyed it because I knew Alice

Organic gardening pros recommend chemical free roses

As a garden designer, the most popular plants requested by clients – topping lavender, olive trees and lawns – are

How to protect tender plants over winter in small spaces

Living in a tiny one bed urban flat here in London, it proves quite a challenge for growing tender exotics. Advice is always t


Chris and I have just come back from a week away in St. Ives in Cornwall with a one night pitstop in Devon on the first night.

Google is the best plant ID app and it will only get better

There’s been lots of hype about plant ID apps and having tried most of them I’ve never been impressed. However, my

On the verge of a new way of gardening: do we need to change what we grow?

I’ve always written about our gardens being seen as mini-wildlife reserves, eco systems we protect and observe rather th

Long term planting on the allotment

When I was about six or seven I remember adding leaves to our houseplant pots to rot down and feed the plants, hoping I could

How to grow Persicaria runcinata ‘Purple Fantasy’

If there’s one plant I can guarantee you’ll see more of this year it’s Persicaria runcinata ‘Purple Fa

Life in the Treehouse

There are some things I feel people need to know about author and writer Alice Vincent. Crucially, Alice can tear up a dance f

Roundup of glyphosate weed killer research

I’m an organic gardener and avoid using chemicals, I’m particularly guarded around edible crops, such as on my all

A visit to Writtle University College

Imagine if this were your classroom! I’d never miss a lesson. Every time I visit Writtle University College to sit my RHS ex

Banana plants, floral arches, winter cuttings and Cordylines

I’ve been asked by my Instagram and Twitter buddies to explain how to grow bananas and to give some tips on the floral a

Looking back on a year of vegetables, fruit and edible flowers

I thought I’d share some of my favourite edibles from my allotment, organically grown this year. Despite the most challe

Reflections on another gardening year

2018 was a year in which I’ve been lucky to be washed in an overwhelming “go on you can do it” from so many

I have a shed!

When I finally settled on my allotment plan three years ago (here is an updated version) I earmarked a space for a shed. It fe

Pot’s Growing On: experimenting with tender plants outside

Over the last few years I’ve been surprised at the number of tender plants that can survive outside over winter with min

Mossy Rock (part three)

It is with some excitement and a huge amount of pride that I can now show you, a year on from the start of this experiment, Mo

A dream

Last night I had a dream about Himantoglossum hircinum, I woke up worrying and I’m not sure why. The dream was really cl

P!ss off fox

Glancing out of the back window I was looking at the border when my eyes zoned in on something out of place. I should have sus

What’s wrong with Verbena bonariensis?

I was going to write about Verbena bonariensis to sing its praises in long periods of drought and then I heard something odd.

Dahlias and me

For me, dahlias need to look carved from gemstone rock with a richness of colour to match. The ones so deep in colour theyR

The law of limiting factors

Everyone is talking about the weather as though we haven’t only just entered mid-Summer. Don’t allow a few rainy d

Allotment Month 33: today is a good day

This was the best day on the allotment all year, a breeze and drizzle, the air warm, everything quiet and the world relaxed.

Real millennial gardens

Some of my biggest gardening inspiration comes from friends who I wouldn’t have expected to love growing stuff. They lov

Easily multiply your Solenostemon with midsummer cuttings

By July Solenostemon should be growing rapidly and, with the foliage types, it’s often useful to pinch them out to encou

10 no nonsense tips to jazz up your small city garden this summer

Ah, waking up to summer in the city. The sound of sirens and drunk people ringing your doorbell at 5am birds chirping. You rea

Come into my world

People have asked me a lot why I write recently and I don’t really know the answer but I think it’s something to do with n

Copper tape – it works

People who’ve been to our garden always ask how I keep my Hostas safe from slugs and snails. I use a mini armoury of mea

And it was all yellow

When I first started seriously geeking out on gardening I kept reading again and again that “yellow is banished from gar

Robot lawn mowers, battery operated gardening tools and other tech at the Garden Press Event

I attended the Garden Press Event for the first time this year and it was a wonderful meet-up for the gardening bloggers, jour

Surviving: checking the damage caused during the coldest week in eight years

The week during Storm Emma – the coldest week in our garden in eight years – was one of the most worrying weeks I&

Dr Nathaniel Ward’s Clapham home and garden to be demolished imminently

Three years ago almost to the day I wrote this blog post about discovering the existence of Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward’s

There you are

For hours now I search for you Across chalky downs of grass Jewels a plenty everywhere But where are you I ask

From the streets: A walk in the winter sunshine

The interplay of nature and humanity is endlessly fascinating to observe. Nowhere is it more obvious and at the same time hidd

How long do you spend planning your garden?

So here’s a question: throughout the year, how much time do you spend planning and thinking about how your garden will l

Garden Blog of the Year

Exciting news! My little blog has only gone and won an award. A real one! LOOK: I’m very honoured to have been given the

The Great Mystery: closer to nature with the awesome power of seasons

I had a rare day to myself on Sunday and I used it to wander around one of my favourite wild areas and to spend time on my all

Oh Autumn!

As an artist, through each waking day there are thousands of wonderful things that catch my eye. In that split second when eye