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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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August 3, 2016 | Planting combination for August: Tall, gauzy and with presence

By suspending all blogging activities for over a year, I have made some time to coax our garden into looking  more like a garden.  It has metamorphosed from a bramble nest, through deconstruction to the builder rubble era and now has plants.

One of most useful things that I learnt when I studied landscape architecture was [...]

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December 29, 2014 | J is for jazzy planting at Pensthorpe Park

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March 27, 2013 | Beth Chatto and choosing the right plant

Papaver orientale 'Juliane' hot and sunny site

Papaver orientale 'Juliane' hot and sunny site

There is a terrible drawback to gardening called impulse buying.  I only have to walk through a garden centre on a birdseed buying mission, to  find hands have wandered off on auto pilot and gathered up pots or bulbs.

For our garden, this is strictly not allowed as we [...]

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August 7, 2012 | Looking good in August

All three of the perennials below are dominating the flowerbeds right now.
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’

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August 11, 2010 | Top Ten Tips for drought in the garden

August is a time for frazzled lawns, thistledown parachutes and gaps in the flower-beds.  In the East of England, drought usually kicks in.  Here is a handy list of how to combat that drat drought weather.  As ever, the way is to work with nature.

Get your soil right.  This winter incorporate humus rich material [...]

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