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Watering – an art or a science?

Not long ago in my granddad’s day, you could predict the seasons and every gardener knew what to do when, planning which gardening tasks to do on each day of the year. Now, just like our modern lives, the weather is less predictable….This time last week, we were all sweltering in 30 degree heat – since then we have had storms, torrential rain and floods, making planning the watering of our plants into an art form! Here are a few tips to help you get the balance right: – Don’t READ MORE

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Put a spring in your step!

With the days getting longer and the temperatures rising, there’s a real sense of hope that spring just around the corner, so it’s time to get out there and start thinking about your garden  Things to think about: Take a look at your layout and consider whether the general structure of the garden could be improved – it’s easier to see before all the flowers and shrubs start to grow & fill out Assess what works and what doesn’t.  Do you have the spaces and features READ MORE

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Planting through membrane and mulch – a step-by-step guide

Planting through weed membrane and covering it with gravel or bark chippings is a great way to reduce weeding and create an attractive low maintenance border. However, the planting can be a bit tricky, so here are 5 simple steps to make it easier:   Step 1 – clearing the gravel/bark If you can plant before you apply the mulch to hide the membrane, that is best, but if you aren’t able to do so, rake back the mulch to expose the membrane beneath. Cut a cross READ MORE

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Trust me, I’m a garden designer!

When it comes to gardening, patience is everything and there’s certainly a large element of trust involved at this time of year especially…. Many people assume that after summer, things are calming down in the gardening world, in fact nothing could be further from the truth!  With the cooler & damper weather, its now the ideal time for planting new plants into your borders and the perfect opportunity to split existing perennials to create larger displays of your favourite plants in READ MORE

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How does your garden blend with its surroundings?

The most pleasing gardens complement their natural surroundings, connecting effortlessly with the landscape. Our gardens should provide a tranquil space to enjoy, a haven from the outside world where you can sit and watch the world go by at its own natural pace. A well planned garden should reflect your own personality and particular needs as well as blending seamlessly into your local environment.  Here at Wild to Wonderful, we advise our customers on how to create a garden that fits READ MORE

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Brightening a small area with pots

Even if you only have a small garden or no space for a border in your garden, you can still create a beautiful effect using pots. You can use bright colours to add a splash of colour to a dull corner or use more subtle cooling green foliage for a cooling effect, and also add scent and height to otherwise flat or featureless areas. Either groupings of pots of different shapes and sizes or just one large feature pot, whichever takes your fancy!  And of course, you can move them around READ MORE

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Wild to Wonderful creates its first show garden!

We are delighted to announce that Wild to Wonderful Garden Design will be creating the Welcome Garden at the entrance to the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, taking place from 21-23 June at Henley Showground. The welcome garden will feature different areas to replicate different areas of a typical garden – areas for entertaining, relaxing, attracting wildlife and growing vegetables, so there will be plenty of ideas to apply to your own garden, whatever its style or size. Why not come along READ MORE

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The green, green grass of home

Are you disappointed with your lawn?  Now that temperatures are dropping and the air is getting moister, it’s time to give your lawn an autumn overhaul: Scarify – Get out your rake & remove dead thatch from the lawn to help it breathe again. – If your lawn is too large to rake, invest in a scarifier! Aerate – With all the rain this year, many lawns have suffered from waterlogging. To avoid this, add holes into lawn to aid drainage (using fork or hollow tine aerator) – Rake READ MORE

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Smiling through the rain!

From drought conditions at the beginning of the summer, to flooding and record high rainfall falling now, we’ve had some interesting weather this season! But it doesn’t have to stop you thinking about your garden – read on for the positive side of wet weather….. 1) No need to water It might sound obvious, but it can save you a lot of time and effort lugging watering cans, unravelling hoses etc. Always remember to water your pots sheltered from the rain by walls, eaves or READ MORE

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Video – how to trim back herb plants to prevent them becoming woody

Watch this video for simple how-to guide to trimming back herbs READ MORE

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