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46 Ideabooks by Frank Organ
Beat the Frost With Natural Terra-Cotta Containers
As the first frost blackens the summer bedding in our pots and containers, thoughts may go to replanting for the spring with hardy bedding plants and spring-flowering bulbs. It’s a good time to think...
Green-Only Gardens Draw the Eye and Soothe the Spirit
Use plant and foliage variety to create a monochromatic landscape as visually pleasing as it is calming
We often strive to put colors in our planting designs, in the use of both foliage and flower. But are different colors essential? If we skillfully choose and combine plants, a monochromatic green palette can give us just as much interest as flowers with...
Polish Your Garden's Look With Metal
Use iron dividers and planters, steel steps and walls, and even metal water features to give a landscape a decorative edge
We tend to use stone, brick or wood when constructing our gardens. But what about metal? Gates and fences have traditionally been the obvious uses for metal in the garden, as the material is durable and cost effective but not always very decorative....
Circle Round for Great Garden Design
Circular thinking can be a boon in creating eye-catching landscapes. Here's how to put the shape to best use
“All my life's a circle," the pop group The New Seekers sang in 1972. Circles are all around us — from clocks and tables to wheels and plates. Circles also have been in our landscape for millennia — just think of the stone rings of Stonehenge in...
How to Design a Calming Minimalist Garden
Minimalist gardens may sound plain and boring to some; others think they are simple and stylish. Practically, minimalist gardens can be perfect as family gardens. Taking their cue from decluttered houses, they offer space that works for our lifestyles. Minimalist...
Explore a Magical Restored English Garden
History comes alive in the gardens of a Rochester townhouse, filled with sculptural yew, a topiary parterre and an archway-draped pond
In England we are blessed to be able to visit a wide range of historic gardens, from the landscapes of stately mansions to the more intimate gardens of renowned gardeners such as Lawrence Johnson, who designed Hidcote....
Crazy for Colorful Cones: 5 Container Plantings Beyond the Bowl
Hanging baskets have been a feature of British gardens for generations. Usually planted with an array of summer-flowering annuals and half-hardy perennials, they put that extra something into even a small garden. Traditional hanging baskets were...
Get More From Your Garden by Mixing Things Up
Consider an eclectic outdoor style with defined hardscapes softened by exuberant, informal plantings
Can you mix formal with informal in garden design? Absolutely. You see it all the time in gardens, especially small gardens, where defined formal hardscape is softened by fluid, informal planting. Most gardens until the early part of the last...
Get the Mystery of a Gothic Garden for Yourself
Create an enchanting and tranquil scene with the stonework and wayward plantings of Gothic garden design
Gothic gardening may bring thoughts of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Victorian novels, but Gothic garden design simply follows the architectural style predominant in Western Europe at the time; from the 12th century, Gothic architecture was characterized...
Let's Revisit Some Revolutionary Garden Thinking
One book changed the vision of postwar British garden design forever. See how it's influencing your garden today
I grew up in the 1950s, and I remember our garden as being typical of the period: composed of a central lawn surrounded by borders and a vegetable patch with fruit trees at the back — a result of the U.K.'s "Dig for Victory" campaign of the war years....
Try Slow Gardening for Some Unexpected Benefits
Are you a bit of a hippie in your garden? Relaxed and laid-back, rarely cutting the lawn or hedges while trying to grow a few organic vegetables? It might be that you are not a gardening throwback to the '60s but are a follower of the Slow Gardening movement. Inspired...
See Chelsea Flower Show Ideas Flourishing in a Real Backyard
In May 2013 the renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrated its centenary and once again gave us a wonderful spectacle of horticulture and garden design at its best. But do...
Take Your Garden on a Rural Route With Plant-Dominant Designs
Bringing the countryside to the contemporary landscape is a popular movement, both in town planning and also in garden design — the spectacular opening ceremony at last year's London Olympics even included an idyllic pastoral scene with sheep, cattle...
8 Modern-Day Moats That Float Our Boats
See how a simple water barrier with ancient roots can make for an eye-catching contemporary garden feature
Water in the garden is magical; even more so when it's adjacent to the house, requiring us to cross it to reach the front door. Maybe the magic comes from childhood stories of castles and moats, but moats certainly don't exist only in castles. Traditionally...
Define Your Garden Softly With Planted Borders
Why make things hard for your garden's edges? Embrace a softer side by trading brick and concrete for shrubs, grasses and ground covers
From the medieval knot garden to Victorian displays of carpet bedding, delineation between landscape features has always been important in garden design; defining lawn edges, pathways or paving from neatly planted beds continues to be valuable in our...