Rearrange: the benefit of a patio of pots!

I’ve come over all Mary Poppins this weekend and not just because gusts of wind keep blowing fallen leaves around the ga

Pot’s Growing On in November? Hedging my bets

I’ve been thinking for a while that something is up with our small garden and these are the problems: Not enclosed enoug

Can you ever have too many plants?

Gardeners are all dreamers, I’m sure of it. We look, we imagine and somehow we become responsible for steering our littl

Pot’s Growing On: addicted to crazy leaves

Hello loyal reader! (Ignore if first visit or you plan on never returning). In the run up to our September open day I was worr

Pot’s Growing On: creating space, sunflower for foliage and ornamental aubergine

Stepping out into our garden one morning this week was different. Not least because we had 1.2cm of rain last weekend, literal

How to grow Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ can be seen flowering in our garden in the above photo (2015) and below (2018). This ye

How to make a micro wildlife pond in a pot

When we open our garden for charity on the National Garden Scheme one thing people always comment on is our micro pond with it

Pot’s Growing On in May: self-seeding, hardy outdoor cactus and propagating tricky seeds

If I did nothing to our garden this year it would become an Echium, Allium, Ricinus, Verbena and Fennel jungle – these s

50 Dahlia photos from my garden and allotment

As you may have heard, I love Dahlias (see more Dahlia posts here), they rock my flowery world. Below is a selection of those

My garden, my lifeblood

I’ve just stepped back inside from the first quiet couple of hours in our garden this spring. Sitting there in a tshirt

Pot’s Growing On: white flowers, propagation and sempervivum

It’s finally spring proper and our garden is growing again in the most spectacular way. The fastest grower has been our

Pot’s growing on in March: spring bulbs start turning up to the party

My biggest delight so far this month is the success of our perennial spring bulbs. Given the extreme cold weather this year I&

Oh Beehave!

I was pottering around outside today in our little urban garden and while watering the ferns I spotted that little badger up t

Houseplant trends: the bigger the better

Over the last few years we’ve seen an explosion of interest in houseplants, largely driven by Instagram. As people’

Mossy Rock (part two)

I know what you’re thinking moss fans, will he shut up about that bloomin rock what’s happening with Mossy Rock? Well, goo

Fleeting flowers

The joy of the snowdrop, cherry blossom and tulip. The fritillary and daffodil, the allium and poppy. Momentary pops of colour

Pot’s growing on in February: Hellebores, Snowdrops and vigorous perennials forcing changes

It’s been three years since we set up our garden. For the first time a large number of plants have multiplied so much th

Spring is in the air in London

In the air but importantly, not quite here. Yet on mild sunny days the signs of spring are all around us and, here in London a

Pot’s growing on in January: Planning for summer, sowing sweet peas, Eucalyptus gall wasp and houseplant love

After an incredibly busy end to 2017 when all thought of our garden went up the chimney with Father Christmas, my mind is now

Mossy Rock (part one)

Some strange ideas run through my mind and I admit this is among the strangest. Last year I had to replace a section of fence

Add some zing this summer with the unnatural flowers of Zinnias

Zinnias are odd. Almost unlike any flower I’ve come across before, they just do not look or feel real. Like a primary sc

2 Littlebury Road: a year in photos

I could write an entire book about our little inner city garden flat in Clapham. Instead, ta da! Here’s a supersized blo

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

Gardening jobs to do in October: harvesting, bulb planting, propagation by dividing, cutting and sowing

If like me, you may have been coasting along on a post-summer ‘put your feet up’. Well, I’ve got news for yo

My 6 easy care comfort house plants you thought were boring but are in fact fabulous!

Forget the fancy house plants you keep spotting on Instagram. You know the ones, stylish Pilea, funky Peperomias, velvety Eche

Our first NGS open day: a weather miracle, cake and allotment cut flowers

Opening our garden to the public to raise money for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) was both an honour and a total mind-blitz

Our NGS open day, this Sunday 1 – 5pm!

A quick reminder that we are opening our garden and flat, 2 Littlebury Road in Clapham, this Sunday afternoon (23 July)! It ma

Pot’s Growing On? High summer in Clapham

Sorry for the lack of updates about our garden recently, I’ve been so busy opening my garden design studio it’s be

Pot’s Growing On in May: getting ready for a show-stopping summer!

May? Mayhem more like. So much is going on this month I feel like Dorothy whizzing around in a plant filled whirlwind. Diffe

Pot’s Growing On: winners and losers

I didn’t think there would be anything more nerve-wracking than having Monty Don coming around to see our garden expecti

Release the stress, embrace the mess

I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure recently for our garden to look good. In photos, in person and increasingly stressi

Visit 2 Littlebury Road

In 2018 we are opening our garden again for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to raise money for care charities – the mor

Pot’s Growing On: Waking from hibernation

Our garden is into its fourth year now and I’m continuing to play around with things, add new plants and the colour

Happy New Year from Littlebury Road

The short period in between Christmas and New Year is something to be treasured. All of London is empty of people; e

44 Future gardening moments of 2016

Future gardening is the phrase I use to describe my personal take on the world. Be forward thinking. Be big thinking. Looking

December: Hellebores, cat grass, sweet peas, ferns and shooting alliums

It’s almost Christmas so I’m crazy busy wrapping up work, getting ready for the family arriving and trying to revi

Why I’ve fallen for cut flowers

I used to be a foliage boy. I’ve changed (well, a bit). In the past I saw flowers as extravagant, expensive purchas

Accelerating succulent and cacti growth

One thing I remember from my childhood greenhouse and large cactus collection was how heavily I used to water them. I’d

Having fun with shade and sun

Down the side of our Victorian maisonette is a narrow alley way. It’s where I started our garden so I know its seasonal

Into Autumn – colour, bulbs, robins and changes

I’ve been planting bulbs today, are there many things more satisfying? I really love this time of year (but then I love

Longing for Littlebury

It is a year since we overhauled our garden – after two years of experimenting – and as the rest of the country re

4 Fundamentals of attracting wildlife in urban gardens

The other day I was in the garden watering our fern wall during one of those still and quiet moments that are so rar

Summer highlights in our garden

Our experimental garden is now in its third year with lots to fix but standing back and overall the atmosphere is coming toget

We’re back in business

So much happens in May, you blink and you miss it. When you open your eyes in June though, everything has gone from dull brown

Tulips – worth the bother?

This year I planted over 100 tulips. I love tulips. However, while they last for a good three-ish weeks in flower, that’

Tulips, planting out tomatoes early and seedlings

Tulips: the last two years I’ve tried growing some tulips and it went horribly wrong. Especially last year with a “

Pot’s Growing On: April 2016

Someone pointed out I haven’t done an update about our own garden for a while, clearly I’ve been bleating on abo

The Future Jungle

Uh oh. Guys. I had a wave of inspiration about our garden on the walk home tonight. Hit the decks.

March 2016: Allotment woe to propagation pro

March has to be up there in my top three favourite months of the year. Yes February has snowdrops. In March however every inc

Getting to grips with grasses

In 2016 I want to get to grips with ornamental grasses. In particular, using them in mixed plantings  to achieve that blende