Throwing some light on shade

  The Shade Garden in Spring and Early Summer Right Plant / Right Place Here are my cobbled-together notes from a recent workshop on shade gardening, highlighting the planting possibilities for those folk who are lucky enough to have a shady spot in their garden. There is a wide, wide - wide - range of…

A return visit and a more leisurely tour of RHS Wisley

A return visit to the gardens at RHS Wisley, in the brightest of sunshine, to take a more leisurely walk than I had time for last week - and to stroll through the orchards, Glasshouse borders and seven acre wood. Hugely busy as you might expect on the eve of a Bank Holiday weekend but…

I’m ready for my close-up – A macro lens at Petersham Nurseries in early May

A little blur of a tour of the Nurseries on a fine May day - stuffed full of plants inside and out and a day of bright welcome sunshine too. Captions and plant names to follow - rush rush!

The nights are drawing in…

No garden is complete in autumn without a Michelmas daisy and Aster tongolensis 'Berggarten' is an immensely pretty one. A creeping, mat forming perennial it is quite different from the taller, more familiar species and starts flowering right at the start of summer. Its fine- petalled, lavender-blue daisy rays are dotted with soft orange centres…