The Berry Cottage Gardener

The Berry cottage gardener

for gardens pretty and productive

SARAH’S GARDEN JOURNAL

Making Rooms In Your Garden

“Every garden is unique with a multitude of choices in soils, plants and themes. Finding your garden theme is as easy as seeing what brings a smile to your face.” – Teresa Watkins, Gardening With Soul

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I love visiting Open Gardens and find I’m particularly drawn to the ones that have well defined areas, or garden rooms. Over the past nine years, my own garden has evolved this way too. Much like renovating a house, creating garden rooms is a slow process, with lots of trials, errors and expense along the way but the end result is well worth the effort

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Falling In Love With Autumn

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" - Albert Camus

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Autumn is the perfect time to spend a few hours (or more!) outside before the garden slips into its winter slumber. The following are my five favourite tasks to get stuck into over the next few weeks!

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Agapanthus – Friend or Foe?

"A good garden may have some weeds" - Thomas Fuller

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Agapanthus is a very popular landscaping plant in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. It’s tough, ever-green and prolific! But beware, it does have the potential to become invasive.

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The Art of Underplanting Trees

"Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade" - English proverb

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Trees form an attractive and vital part of any garden. They provide shade, height, beauty and habitat. But for all their virtues, trees do provide gardeners with a few challenges, the most significant being what to underplant. At Violet Cottage, I have three definite favourites!

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