Garden Design

  1. Launch Competition

    Launch Competition

    Celebrate the launch of our fantastic new garden website with us! Enter our incredible Facebook GIVEAWAY!

    We are hosting the giveaway over on our Great Little Garden Facebook Page 

    At Great Little Garden, we love to celebrate gardening and to help you make the most of your garden, balcony or patio. What better way to celebrate than by having a BBQ with friends and family?

    That’s why we&rsq

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  2. Fruit & veg - 10 a day?

    Fruit & veg - 10 a day?

    I've just been reading about new research suggesting that instead of the 5-a-day guideline for fruit and veg, we should all up it to ten! Ten a day seems a lot. For a start, my fridge isn't big enough to take it all. I haven't got room for another fruit bowl. There is only one thing for it – grow more of my own.

    Grow your own

    There a few ways to get any garden more productive for the kitchen table. Mixing veg and flowers is the main one. Lots of different types of veg looks terrific when mooching about in beds and borders. Take the feathery fronds of your average carrot. I'd quite happily grow a block of them just for the look of the leaves. The tasty roots are actually a bonus. And now I’ll have to grow more as I need to cram in ten a day. Carrots are eas

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  3. Clocks Spring Forward

    Clocks Spring Forward

    TING (one hour is up)

    Clocks go forward

    It's that turning point of the year. The clocks spring forward and we all have an extra hour of light in the evening. Beautiful. A whole extra hour to do…what exactly?  60 whole minutes. Fingers at the ready because your one hour starts... wait for it... now!

    Sowing seeds

    I've got to be looking at sowing some seeds. An hour is enough to find a few seed trays, fill with multi-purpose compost, water, allow to drain, sow and put in the propagator. Leaving time to label, of course. TING.  One hour is up.

    Raking soil

    Or I could rake over a piece of soil I don't usu

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  4. 2017 Garden trends

    2017 Garden trends

    What have the blockbuster film La La Land, Donald Trump and The Pantone Color Institute got to do with plants? Well, they all influence trends – even in gardening. Yellow (that dress – so I'm told!), the gold of Trump Tower and green (Pantone 15-0343 to be precise) are all in.

    Looks like primroses are the plant of choice this spring then. Yellow is all over the place – daffodils, achillea and the stunning foliage of Choisya Sundance will all be in high demand. And as for that gold – it's something you will either love or hate. A broom called Allgold would be a good bet to storm up the charts, and the mock orange with golden leaves, Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus' is a sure-fire hit.

    Yes, the Pantone colour of 2017 is officially 'Greenery' – and a stunning shade it is. Described as being fresh and 'zesty' it also, apparently,

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  5. Design features to include in small gardens

    Design features to include in small gardens

    Designing a small garden may seem like a simple affair compared to designing a very large garden that is seen in many public gardens. Space in a large garden allows for whimsy and certain elements can be seen from a distance. If there are some weeds or other imperfections they can or will often be overlooked by the viewer, but in a small garden space every bit of the design will feel like being under a magnifying glass. Nothing is hidden because it is so up close and personal. The space must be well planned and have strong bones. Thought must be given to how much the garden will be used throughout the year. Notes must be taken as to where the sun falls during the day. This information will dictate the placement of certain plant choices and seating choices. Decisions will have to be made like if a stunning stone wall is going to be kept and what needs to be added to it. It is not a difficult process, but it just takes a little thought. 

    Garden design tips for small gard

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  6. Small ponds for small gardens

    Small ponds for small gardens

    One landscaping idea that is good for front or back gardens is the installation of a small pond or some type of water feature. The addition of any type of small pond, waterfall, or water feature such as a fountain creates a feeling of peace and tranquillity in a garden. They often create a retreat where people can not only enjoy the garden, but also the nature that it may attract. There are plenty of small ponds that will work nicely in small gardens to create the desired charm and beauty. The following is a list of five types of small ponds that can be placed into small gardens. They include a wildlife pond, an ornamental fish pond, a container pond, a modern pond, and a natural pond.

    Wildlife pond

    This is an attractive feature for any small garden that creates a haven for wildlife. This type of pond is especially beneficial since many areas within and surrounding cities have lost their natural habitat. Just about any size body of water has some value to wildlife,

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  7. DIY garden edging and borders

    For most people the garden is an extension of the home; a place where they can interact with nature, spending time and becoming familiar with elements of the outdoors. The beauty of the garden or of flowerbeds comes from the maintenance. Maintenance of the garden edges and the garden borders are very important. These are what create the boundaries between the lawns, paths, and various other landscaping features and the gardens. Though it is easiest to create the various types of garden edges during the installation of the garden or flowerbeds, garden edges and garden borders can be added to an existing garden. The clean, smooth line of garden edges or garden borders will give the garden a finished look and a sense of clarity. 

    Four simple steps to garden borders

    Step 1

    When creating a new bed a garden hose can be utilised to outline the desired lines that made up the garden edges or garden borders that need to be cut. If the garden edges or garden bo

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  8. Space saving ideas for small gardens

    So often people who live in ''smaller'' homes feel frustrated with the lack of garden space they have available. However, with proper planning this problem seems do disappear to a certain extent and what follows are some space saving techniques. If you have only a patio, balcony, porch or small garden area available, have a look at the following to help you achieve the best garden for you.

    Maximising available space

    Clever container gardening

    Decide what containers you like best. There are various possibilities to choose from, such as earthenware or porcelain. To avoid a cluttered look it is a good idea to stick to white and brighten things up with the flowers you choose. Remember too that pots need to allow proper drainage.

    Position planters close to one another to save space. Arrange pots of similar size to create certain patterns, such as squares (6 – 8 planters) or circles (again 6 – 8 or even more in a larger area) with one bi

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  9. Our favourite garden products for Autumn/Winter

    Autumn is now in full swing and you may be starting to wonder what tasks you need to get underway as we shift towards the colder winter months. So why not get your garden ready for autumn and winter with our top 5 favourite garden products to keep your garden in tip top condition.

    Top products this season

    Slot down composter

    Slot down composter

    With autumn fast approaching this Slot Down composter will be perfect for collecting those dead leaves or for your bio-degradable waste. Not only is it useful for tidying up your garden but it can also be an environmentally friendly addition, making use of all your natural waste.

    This product is ideal for any garden, with the rustic nature of the sawn timber, allowing this slot down composter to blend into any garden l

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  10. How your garden helps sell your house

    Why gardens can improve the value of a house

    A great looking garden can help sell your house. First impressions count for a lot and when selling your house that first glimpse of a manicured garden or otherwise can make all the difference.

    Imagine the horror of wading through invasive weeds, stepping around piles of rubbish and tripping over discarded shopping trolleys – so don't do it to a prospective buyer. A few simple guidelines will not only help sell your house but can also increase its value.

    How to boost home value by making changes to the garden

    Quick tips

    • Get everything clean and tidy. If nothing else then mow the lawn!
    • Welcome pots of colourful bedding make an instant impression.
    • Keep guarantees for all garden buildings and fences – they mean a lot to a prospective buyer.
    • Get your boundaries in order – replace rotten fencing or have a quick paint to refresh.
    • If any
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