First day on the RHS Persicaria Trial

Today was a really exciting day for me as it was the first assessment of the RHS Persicaria trial at Wisley. It was a special

Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants

I’m beyond excited to be able to share one of the biggest projects I’ve been working on for the last few years, my

Future experiments: flowers and insects

Last autumn I started planting up one end of my allotment to create a new freestyle design. It had no pre-prepared plan, I jus

Large communal roof terrace in Fulham, London

This design had some particular challenges including craning a number of tonnes of top soil onto the roof terrace, along with

Oudolf Field at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset

I’ve been wanting to visit the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in Somerset to see garden designer Piet Oudolf’s 

Garden design in Clapham, London

Over time the planting in this garden will grow to hide almost all of the fences creating a sunny and private seating spot at

Garden design in Clapham, London

Recently finished and planted, in this large family garden in Clapham, London I lowered a third of the area to make a more usa

Current project: garden redesign in Clapham, London

This garden already had a strong layout with some established trees and shrubs, though some of these were diseased and others

Current project: Belsize Park, London

The owner is having an architect designed extension to the house making the garden slightly smaller. Although it’s an aw

Garden design with studio in Braughing, Hertfordshire

This quaint cottage in Braughing had recently been tastefully renovated by its new owners with a modern glass cube added with

Living wall design in Camberwell, London

This garden was already well established with a collection of tree fern species viewed through huge glass windows of a new arc

Front garden design in Clapham, London

This challenging north facing front garden is in full shade and was previously a patch of struggling lawn. The brief was to ma

Gravetye Manor

Chris and I have been so busy this spring that we missed our 13th anniversary so we took a trip to Gravetye Manor in Sussex fo

One World stand at Chelsea Flower Show 2019

This year at Chelsea Flower Show I was lucky to be asked by One World to plant up their stand showcasing their furniture and i

14 Things at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

It’s thoroughly enjoyable at Chelsea Flower Show this year. I’ve placed bets (in my head) on who will win best in show but

Future Meadow: Winter One

The race to grow is primal in all living things. One of the challenges of planting a new border in autumn is that other plants

Cassa de Serralves, Porto

Earlier this year Chris and I visited Porto, Portugal and during the trip popped to the Serralves museum of modern art. What w

Future Meadow: Autumn One

A seasonal journal of my new experimental planting design I’ve started something that is at one time important and anoth

Living on a prairie (part 2)

It’s been two years since I started a prairie experiment in a small border on my allotment and I have to say I’ve

Is this the year we fell in love with Symphyotrichum? Photos from Sussex Prairies

This Autumn everyone I speak to has discovered a love of Symphyotrichum. Or should I say, rediscovered Asters, as they were pr

How established should a newly planted garden design be?

I’ve designed about thirty gardens now of varying sizes and the request from every garden owner is for plants to be as e

An inspiring friend (Scampston Hall, Yorkshire)

Reuniting with a friend at Scampston Hall and being inspired by shrubs and views as much as perennials and detail.  Recently

Bombay Sapphire Distillery: making gin from herbs and other botanicals amidst jaw dropping design

Chris and I popped to the New Forest for a night and stopped at the new Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Laverstock, Whitchurch.

1 Trend at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

This year Chelsea actually felt slightly out of sync for me, so much was right but my heart wasn’t stolen. The show was

11 Chelsea plant combinations you can try at home

Like my 15 Sensational Plantings to Recreate from Chelsea article last year I’m hoping to breakdown the myth that you ca

57 Photos of RHS Chelsea Press Day

Photographs by Christopher Anderson (Twitter / Instagram).

26 things at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The consensus so far from people at RHS Chelsea? “This is a good ‘un”. Variety is the spice of life and vari

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – first impressions

This year I’ve spent a couple of days mooching about RHS Chelsea Flower Show during construction. It’s a reminder

The 99 Topiary Yew Trees of St. Mary’s church in Painswick, Cotswolds

At the weekend Chris and I attended the most beautiful wedding of our friends George and Rosanna Ryan at the Parish Church of

From the streets: Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall urban planting

I first noticed the unusual oval shaped flower beds along the recently redeveloped Nine Elms Lane in Vauxhall this time last y

From the streets: American Embassy prairie garden – first winter

Chris and I often walk to Vauxhall from our Clapham flat to visit the new things popping up as the area regenerates, like the

12 plants that add COLOUR-POW to your garden in winter

If your garden doesn’t look something like the above right now, it’s time to act! Plan now to add a little sparkle

12 Photos that shaped my year

The last twelve months have given me the chance to explore my design likes and dislikes in my own gardens and to study combina

10 moments of exotic garden genius in Kent

One of the most enjoyable days for me this year was visiting my friend Philip Oostenbrink, a fellow tropical and rare plant nu

DAHLIAGEDDON

It’s mid-November and some of our Dahlias in the garden are still flowering, just. This follows an absolutely epic windf

At the end of the earth, plants – Prospect Cottage, Dungeness

An upfront confession: I’ve never seen nor heard of any of Derek Jarman’s films. A film director before my ti

15 sensational plant combinations you can try at home from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

One of my bugbears around Chelsea time are the naysayers proclaiming the gardens are unrealistic and impossible to recreate at

23 things at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

The Chelsea Flower Show is nuts. People on stilts dressed only in flowers, cactus jackets, astro turf lions, stands of rare pl

James Basson’s road to ‘best in show’ at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

There are some garden designers we see at RHS shows regularly. James Basson is one that came on my radar in 2015 with his na

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – Press Day Highlights

It’s hard to take in the brain blitz that is the Chelsea Flower Show in one day – particularly when you keep bump

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 – what to expect?

In a few weeks the above Chelsea grounds will be filled with the wonders of the plant world. This year will be my fourth visit

Marrakesh (Part Five): Le Jardin Secret by Tom Stuart-Smith

One tip I’d like to share is: do not visit more than two gardens in one day otherwise the third will inevitably have the

The way of things

Early March has arrived and I popped over to Diana Ross’ house around the corner from us again to see her garden at the

Let’s make green flowers our naughty little secret

There’s one thing I will guarantee right now: you are going to see many more green flowers this year. In magazines, on

30 unreal photos of London garden design in the dead season

Winter is a fresh season.  Everything is stripped back, cleansed and reset for the coming year. It’s a time when bold

Marrakesh (Part Four): Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle is best known today for being owned by Yves Saint Lauren, who famously saved it in the 1980s from both disrep

Marrakesh (Part Three): Islamic tiled courtyards at Bahia Palace

The second oldest garden we visited was by far the most visually arresting of designs. It is immaculate and inspirational. Y

Marrakesh (Part Two): blown away by ancient Islamic garden design at the El Badi Palace

I’ve wanted to visit Marrakesh for about ten years, drawn by its bright colours. What I hadn’t appreciated is its

Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf

At the weekend my Instagram buddy lamaisonbleue tipped me off to the fact the Crossrail Place Roof Garden at Canary Wharf had

Landscape design at Stowe Garden in Buckinghamshire

Back in November Chris and I had the opportunity to spend a sunny Autumn afternoon at Stowe in Buckinghamshire (a short drive