Category: Featured

Self-Seeding Annuals and Biennials

Self-seeding annuals and biennials scatter copious amounts of seed across the garden and can be relied upon to appear year-after-year without help from the gardener.

Make the Most of Your Space

A garden without a view can seem too confining and insular so consider how your garden might connect to the surrounding landscape. If your garden is enclosed by high walls or fences, think about creating openings in them to give views onto the world outside.

Redesigning Your Garden

Think about what you want your garden to do. It should reflect your lifestyle, the people who will be enjoying it and the time you plan to spend in it, whether it is relaxing, playing or tending the plants.

RHS Level 2 and Level 3

Edinburgh Garden School offer accredited online courses for students wishing to prepare for the RHS Level 2 or Level 3 exams. The RHS certificates are widely recognised within the industry and well-regarding.

The Specimen Tree

You can have a pleasant resting spot beneath a shady tree even if space in your garden is limited. Many attractive trees are suitable for the smaller garden, achieving just a few feet in height even when fully grown.

Shrubs for Ground Cover

In spots where nothing seems to grow except weeds, hoeing and weeding may not be enough to keep the quick, unwanted growth at bay. You can achieve an attractive, low-maintenance display with shrubs that have a naturally low habit of growth.

The Beauty of an Herbaceous Border

A Profusion of Blooms A well-planned, colourful herbaceous border can be a focal point in the garden. With a sequence of perennials coming into flower, the border can be an ever-changing spectrum of beautiful...

Planting a Dry Stone Wall

If you lack the space for a formal rock garden, but long for a display of alpine plants and flowers, a dry stone wall is the ideal solution. The combination of natural stone and colourful mountain flowers brings out the best of both.

Heather Gardens

You can recreate the beauty of natural heather landscapes on a smaller scale in your garden. Heathers have the advantage of needing a minimum of care. With careful planning you can achieve a beautiful mixture of subtle shades.

April Gardening Tasks

Once the soil has started to warm up, apply a mulch to borders to prevent weeds growing and conserve moisture. Don’t do this too quickly, however, as if the soil is still cold the mulch will stop it warming up and, as a result, inhibit plant growth. Apply the mulch after rain so that the soil is also moist.

Colourful Spring Borders

With a little careful planning and some imagination you can create an uplifting spring border that begins to flower before the end of winter and provides a constant display of cheerful colour until early summer.

Espalier Trees

An espalier is any plant that is trained to grow against a wall or along a framework, so that instead of developing a naturally rounded form, it grows into a flattened, two-dimensional shape. Creating an espalier takes time and a certain amount of skill.

Pergola – A Place to Dream

A pergola should not normally stand by itself in the garden, but should form a link between different man-made features, or to connect man-made structures and planting.

Creating a Planting Plan

Planting plans are used to show the detail of planting within a design. Unless the garden is very small, the garden designer will usually produce a separate planting plan for each border and key area of the design.

Perennials in the Garden

Perennials are plants that live for several years. Most live for many years, although some, short-lived perennials, may live for as few as three years.