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Catharine Howard is the Gardening Coach. Contact her for gardening advice and visit www.thegardeningcoach.co.uk for more information.
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March 9, 2013 | Best/worst front gardens - series 4

Too long since the front gardens got scrutinised and now once more, the pull is topiary.   I rate this garden *** as long as I can have the house too – or at least a porch and facade as red bricky as this one:

Ratings explained:

*         call for a skip

**   [...]

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January 30, 2013 | Wordless Wednesday on the hedge front

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January 16, 2013 | Designing with hedges

The landscapers are planting whips like anything right now.  Whips are twigs to you and me.  The cheapest are 20 to 30 centimetres  in height which seems like a slow  start  in the  first days of the life of a hedge.

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October 5, 2010 | Pattern of the DAY

Hebe rakaiensis is sturdy and a stalwart evergreen small shrub that can behave in the box ball manner.  Standing in  for a less harsh form of topiary, the fresh green leaves grabbed my attention yesterday.  It’s a good shrub for the small garden but needs to be kept pruned so that it [...]

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