Early spring for bringing on plants in the greenhouse.
Lilac grown in a large pot wafts its sweet scent around a windy corner, whilst the montana creeps over the arch.
Borders filled with roses and lavender, colour and scents, typical of an English cottage garden.
Creating a raised bed on a west facing side of the garden.
Enjoying the bed packed with plants for year round interest.
Provide a rich source of food for bees and butterflies.
Underplanting roses with spring bulbs like crocuses and snowdrops provides colour until the roses bloom in summer.
Make a simple bee hotel from chopped bamboo canes and position in an sheltered sunny position. Watch the bees emerge from hibernation as the weather warms.
Position pots of ranunculus by your front door, their rose clustered bright flower heads catch the spring sunshine.
Make space for seating around the garden to sit and enjoy the border.
Brighten up your windows with simple planting to enjoy through the summer.
Even the smallest garden can find space for a place to grow lettuce and herbs for the summer.
Add a bench... for all members of the family.
Be sure to have a selection of good pollinators in your garden. Hibiscus is a good choice for late summer bumble bees.
In hot weather leave out a shallow bowl or tray of water at ground level and the hedgehogs may well visit you at night fall.
Every year we find this huge, but still amazingly camouflaged, privet hawk month munching on our lilac bush.
Not a huge pest, and as there is enough mint in the garden, we leave the mint beetles alone - their stunning blue bodies shine iridescently in the sun.
Keep your eyes open. This white crab spider on the anemone just caught his dinner!
The simple crocus is a carpet of colour - just the job after a long winter.
The great allium Globemasters stand nearly 1m tall. Their giant pom-poms made up of hundreds of little star shaped florets.
Pots allow for mixed planting and can be moved or replanted as needed to keep displays fresh and lovely.
Keep the grass cut between summer rain showers for a clean look, whilst the flower borders mature into the late season.
The virginia creeper steals the show from the wisteria as autumn turns the leaves a stunning deep red.
Snow and ice crystals never fail to impress, even on the simplest leaf.