A reminder, before new work begins

Time to look back at one project from 2012, as plans are made to return to the garden, assess the plot after an absence of almost six months (for winners and losers both) and agree on schemes for other areas. Some of my very favourite plants here.

Highgrove here I come… more tree ferns please

  Dicksonia antarctica (tree fern) - a dramatic addition to any shady garden, creating an umbrella of very large, feathery, bright green fronds, measuring up to 3m long, turning dark green as they age. A fibrous, rough, hairy-mossy trunk though, as the plant is slow-growing, you will have to pay significantly for if you want…

New planting schemes and new plans

I've been working on a new project, a Strawberry Hill garden in a triangular plot, with circular lawn, mellow brick boundary walls, NW facing, a beautiful camellia and mature cherry. And lots of new, deep loamy soil. Just me and the planting. I will photograph it in a month or so, once the plants bed…

Ham House & Gardens

On this first day of spring, with a gusty southerly wind blowing along the Thames, an opportunity to call into Ham House & Gardens. We've been neighbours since moving to Teddington in 2000 and the gardens are a familiar haunt - but it was only last year that the interiors were explored. They are a…

Designing with Roses…

I visited the David Austin nursery in Albrighton at the end of March last year for a garden design course. Obviously designing with roses was the theme, although the principles we covered are pretty much universal. I've studied design as part of my RHS training and this was a great opportunity to meet other rose-lovers,…