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23 tips for a successful garden

The decision to begin a garden feels a bit like what I imagine the decision to skydive or bungee jump feels like: You’re excited! You have a vision! …

Gardening

7 Ways to Make Your Yard More Private

Privacy. The most coveted item on all backyard wish lists. Because no matter how fabulous your balcony or how inviting your chimenea, all of the …

Landscaping Ideas: 11 Design Mistakes to Avoid

Early spring is the season of hope: for the most beautiful garden ever. And you can have that. You also can lay the most charming front path in the …

Shades of Gray: Architects Pick the 10 Best Exterior Gray Paints

There are at least 50 million shades of gray. Which one will look best on your house? We asked members of our Architect/Designer Directory to reveal …

Ultimate Luxury: 10 Favorite Fountains and Garden Water Features

I confess: as I saved photos for this story over the last several weeks, I stored them in a folder called “Not-Ugly Water Features.” Because, well, …

Landscaping

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japan

It’s no coincidence if Japanese gardens remind you of those scene-in-a-shoebox dioramas you made in grade school.<p>A Japanese garden is a miniature …

Required Reading: The Gardener’s Garden

Is this the garden book to end all garden books? Conceived on a vast scale, the new 470-page <i>The Gardener’s Garden</i> published by Phaidon Press has been …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Belgium

There is a painterly quality to nearly everything that comes from Belgium. It’s a region that for centuries has felt the influence of its opinionated …

Gardening: Grow to eat, tools, gardens to visit, shows

Gardening

Best gardening books of the year 2015

<b>Our writers select the standout books of the year to give keen gardeners this Christmas</b><p>Tim Richardson<p>Not many writers would dare tackle a subject fraught with subjectivity and technical pitfalls, which is perhaps why <b>Stephen Lacey’s RHS Companion to Scented Plants</b> remains the only good book on the …

Top 10 flowers for Christmas

21 Gardening Projects To Get You Through Winter

Don't let your green thumb frost over.

Jo Malone: how I use plants to make perfume

In a white-fronted shop in Belgravia, where the air smells like luxury, a middle-aged man approaches the counter, looking for a Christmas present for his wife. “This is all by Jo Malone, isn’t it?” he says, waving towards the rows of candles and bottles of perfume behind him. The sales assistant …

Inspiring garden ideas from the Society of Garden Designers - Telegraph

What is a cottage garden?

What better place could there possibly be for a winter meeting of the still-fledgling East Sussex Cottage Garden Society than around a blazing fire in the vast walk-in inglenook of the medieval Great Hall at Great Dixter, surely the beating heart of British gardening?<p>I should point out, this was …

On the spot: the best plants for green colour

<b>Carol Klein finds some quirky green flowers to add depth to your garden</b><p>'Green is also a colour," wrote Gertrude Jekyll, as a reminder to those of us who concentrate all our attention on flowers. If you ask someone what colour a plant is, they will usually assume you're referring to the flowers, in …

Horticultural therapy: the healing power of gardening

Social contact and getting involved in nurturing plants are springboards to self-esteem. Discover how gardening charity Thrive puts this into practice<p>A charity gardening project in London is transforming the lives of adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems.<p>Anyone who has spent …

Gardening

Lets make an orchid terrarium in 5 minutes. [18 HD photo inspirations and step by step guide]

Which flower you like the most? If orchid is one of your favourite flower, then lets make a beautiful orchid terrarium. Terrarium is miniature …

Plants

New ideas to try in the garden for 2016

My garden is like an outdoor laboratory. I am forever trying different plants, new ways of building things and making maintenance more efficient. This past year I discovered a fair few products and plants that I will definitely use in future. I’d like to share them with you…<p>The cutting edge<p>A few …

Gardens: drug therapy for plants | James Wong

How aspirin and cinnamon can help stave off infections and boost root growth<p>With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to get an early start on taking hardwood cuttings, like figs and roses, as well as sowing seeds of long-season crops, such as chillies and aubergines. If you are keen …

Gardening

How To Grow Amazing Sweet Peas

<b>A Guide To Prize Winning Sweet Peas</b><p>If you want to grow amazing sweet peas you should start now. Traditionally gardeners sowed sweet peas in the …

Top ten tips for propagating seeds

Get the growing season off to a great start with Lucy Chamberlain’s guide to seed sowing<p>There’s not much to a gardener that’s more enjoyable than growing plants from seed, and now, as light levels and temperatures rise, is the time to indulge your eager green fingers. Seed sowing basics are well …

7 fruit trees you can grow in your living room

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants that you tend to in a tiny kitchen garden. But what about in between?<p>If you're …

Required Reading: The Irish Garden

Even if there were a lot of Irish garden books about, and there aren’t, the reading of this one would be required. The photographs in <i>The Irish Garden</i> …

Tips for growing fruit trees, from master gardener Brian Minter

Growing a fruit tree used to be onerous, but now — with more compact varieties and trees that grow in different shapes — it's become a lot easier to …

How to plant a beautiful border

Bordersare the equivalent of the wardrobe for your garden: we relish the opportunity to update them to bring a fresh feel to our surroundings. It’s not surprising then that the designer Paul Smith goes to the Chelsea Flower Show to inspire the colour palettes for his collections.<p>Easter is a fitting …

Top 25 spring plants

We're all familiar with the problem: we know we like a plant - say, an aster - but may not be sure which variety is best. Or we may have the kind of garden that works well in spring and early summer, then simply packs up for the rest of the year.<p>Here we've provided a complete guide, by season, of …

DIY: Ode to Spring Bouquet

Even for the most hardy, hibernal enthusiasts among us, winter in New England goes on for way too long. We’re having a warm snap this week, yes, but …

Early spring flowers: what to watch out for

The more I garden, the more I love the earliest flowers, especially the ones that increase with very little help from the gardener. Over the years, pink pools of Cyclamen coum under rooty trees have moved slowly to the sunny bank at the end of the lawn. Ants move them better than people can. If you …