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Welcome to Johns garden in north west England. When we arrived the new build house had a typical small back garden with poor soil full of boulders. We improved the soil with some compost from our old garden and some soil improver and cut some borders out which we edged with sleepers and put in some more topsoil. The new garden is about 10 metres long by 10 metres wide. Although our area is not famous for its fine weather the new garden faces south and therefore obtains maximum benefit from the available sunshine. The garden has been planted with easy maintainence, perennial planting with some dahlias and begonias to give some instant colour. we have also put in some Lavatera bushes raised from cuttings to give more colour and some height. I have left the snow scenes from my old garden as they are a one off and have left the greenhouse pictures for interest.


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Some links to the old garden

Summer - greenhouse

Winter - snow scenes

Winter - greenhouse

The gardening year - jobs, hints and tips from the garden and "plant of the month"

Jan/Feb March April May June July August September October November/December

Featured plants













Hardy Fuchsia


Hardy geranium

Pictures I have taken on visits to some much grander gardens than mine. All of the gardens have extensive plant collections and I can recommend them to any keen, or not so keen, gardener. I have included links to the gardens on these pages.

The Flower Forest-Barbados


The Alhambra-Granada, Spain


Italian Gardens-Garnish Island, Ireland


My Dads Garden-Hertfordshire, England


Villa Taranto Gardens-Lake Maggiore - Italy


Andromeda gardens - Barbados


Madeira island - Portugal


National Botanic Garden of Wales

RHS Garden Bridgewater

This is a new garden just opened by the RHS near our house in Manchester.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Links to gardens to visit in north west England and north Wales

Links to other gardening sites

About John

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