Going Native – Hedging your Bets

A drive through the Irish countryside in autumn can be a real treat as native hedgerows display their jewel coloured treasures – ruby haws and rosehips, glowing blackberries, and sloes and elderberries gleaming blue. Soon the leaves will be changing colour too, and...

Scents of an Ending in the Autumn Garden

Scented plants are probably not something you’d immediately think of in connection with the autumn garden – but surprising as it may seem, spring and summer don’t have a monopoly on gorgeous garden perfumes. If asked to name some autumn scented...

Thinking Big

Let’s think about scale today.  I wonder if you’ve considered scale in the garden, at least in terms of plants?  If not, it’s worth considering, as playing with different sizes can add an extra dimension to the space.  As a garden designer, I’m always thinking of...

Why Gardeners Need to Drink More Wine

Why Gardeners Need to Drink More Wine I’ve recently acquired one of those cute little bamboo coffee cups that you can re-use over and over again, and at the end of its life it composts down, apart from the rubber lid.  It’s much nicer to drink from than a plastic or...