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The Gardening Coach

Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit for more information.

February 21, 2013 | 10 reasons why I hate planting plans

1.  They create unreasonable expectation.

2.  They are totally static and nature is not.

3.  Planting plans have people drooling for the ultimate moment of peak perfection for that lovely flower only to have to stare at the wrong foliage or dead die back for almost all the rest of the year.

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September 29, 2012 | Le Jardin Plume

Step through a hole in the hedge off a field of stubble and you’ve got the   hallmark of Le Jardin Plume:  simple restraint.  The garden, some 20 years old, was created by the Quibels to bring attention to their nursery.   It is, as you might  guess, a plantsmans’ garden.  Not many minutes in, [...]



September 22, 2012 | Les Jardins Agapanthe

Monsieur Alexandre Thomas, paysagiste, has taken an idiosyncratic tack with his family garden.  The sobriquet ‘nonconformist’ sticks and he revels in it.  He has two of them,  Les Jardins Agapanthe, mere spitting distance apart across a country lane in Grigneuseville, Normandy.  Each has an etiolated gingerbread house at the core  with planting wrapped and woven [...]