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How to Best Use Stone In The Garden Here are some thoughts to consider about stone as ornament or feature in gardens. Many of us are so used to living with brick and concrete all around us that we rarely have the opportunity, or the time to think...

A Garden Designer’s Guide To Poisonous Plants There are dangers lurking in almost every garden, and even in the conservatory - dangers to humans, animals, birds and beneficial insects. They are also evident in the wider countryside, along hedgero...

Function and form A long term and continuing debate has been whether form follows function, or function follows form. Initially, as a trained artist, but as a novice, student designer I felt instinctively - and arrogantly - that the function, or fun...

Fences: How to Specify & Design Enclosure Fences can have multiple functions. In addition to defining boundaries they can act as wind breaks, screen unsightly structures or views, create privacy, support climbing plants, and be features in their...

Genius Loci: How Nature Should Influences Our Design Decisions Designing with nature requires the designer to develop heightened awareness, not just of suitable plants for a specific location, but of climate, prevailing wind direction, exposure, aspe...

Does And Don't On Designing with ColourDrive through any town or suburb and you will see many plantings that apparently aim to include every possible colour imaginable, all crammed together, with no thought at all for harmony,  balance or indeed...

Chelsea Flower Show Medals Announced! Congratulations to the Laurent-Perrier Garden, Best Show Garden, and all the award winners at the 2014  RHS Chelsea Flower Show!  I am of course delighted that I called the best in show winner in my MyG...