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About Nicola

I am both photographer and writer, conveying the beauty of gardens and plants through words and pictures that appear in publications all over the world. For 20 years now, I have photographed widely throughout the British Isles, meeting the remarkable people behind lovely English gardens, specialist nurseries and plant collections. A love of nature and gardening runs in the family, and my own garden is a joy.

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Nicola’s Garden

Contemporary garden in winter snow, designed by Andy Sturgeon with a framework of oak cubes leading through borders to a riverside deck

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Elaine’s Garden in July

A suburban plot featuring a circular patio and lawn, a lavender-edged path, herbaceous borders and a pavilion

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Charlie the Trug Maker

No gardener’s toolshed is complete without a trug, a versatile basket that weds practicality with simple beauty and design

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Acer Corner in September

A lushly planted town-centre garden with acers and other Japanese influences

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Wisteria Plant Profile

One of spring’s most beautiful sights, a profusion of fragrant, pea-like flowers

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Village Garden in June

A walled garden with terraces featuring a herb lawn, summerhouse, formal pond and vegetable garden

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Hardy Chrysanthemums in Autumn

A profile of Hardy Chrysanthemums and Andrew Ward, joint holder of the National Collection

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Furzelea in April

A garden based on circles and curves featuring large colourful beds of bulbs and grasses

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Windy Ridge in August

An award winning garden in a challenging position with circular lawn, gravel garden and mature planting

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Planting a Thyme Wheel Step by Step

A guide to creating a thyme wheel with salvaged materials

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Urban Sanctuary in July

A town garden split into two areas, a formal flower garden near the house and a functional vegetable plot

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Tithe Barn in May

A walled garden filled with roses, perennials, a beehive, sunny terrace and miniature wildflower meadow

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A Cottage Garden in Pots

Creating a cottage garden with fruit, flowers and vegetables in containers

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Ordnance House in June

A 1 acre garden with a series of lawns, beds and borders linking a potager, orchard, formal parterre and seating areas

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Ordnance House in August

A country garden with swathes of lavender and catmint, box topiary and an immaculate kitchen garden

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Peony Plant Profile

Flowering from spring into summer, peonies and the Itoh varieties, have many admirers

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Midsummer Cottage Garden

A classic English cottage garden with romantic borders and arches laden with climbing roses.

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Highfields in March

A small but charming spring garden filled with colourful bulbs

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Little Orchard in July

A stylish country courtyard garden with beautiful planting around salvaged furniture and antique decorations

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Garden Posie for September

A step-by-step guide to creating a posie with late summer flowers

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Family Garden in May

A well designed child friendly garden for all the family, with trampoline and sandpit amongst colourful planting

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Brickwall Cottage in April

A cottage Garden in Spring with rustic pergola, pond and National Geum Collection

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Planting a July Hot Pot

A step-by-step guide to planting a hot summer display in a copper pot

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Herb Hanging Basket in June

A step-by-step guide to creating a hanging basket filled with herbs

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Alpine Hanging Basket in May

A step-by-step guide to planting an Alpine hanging basket

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Planting a May Charity Find

A step-by-step guide to upcycling a charity shop find into a succulent display

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Planting an April Pot

A step-by-step guide to planting a pot for an April display

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Hanging Basket in April

A step-by-step guide to planting a hanging basket for an April display

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Planting a Drought Resistant Box

A step-by-step guide to planting a late summer drought resistant display

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Hanging Basket in September

A step-by-step guide to planting up a hanging basket in September

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Picking and Drying Flowers

A step-by-step guide to picking and drying garden flowers

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Lavender Wand Making

A step-by-step guide to creating lavender wands with freshly picked stems

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Christmas Table Decorations

A step-by-step of how to make natural Christmas table decorations with seedheads and dried garden flowers

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Child Planting Alpine Bowl

A step-by-step of a child planting a terracotta bowl with Alpine plants

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Child Planting Wheelbarrow

Step-by-step of a child planting a collectible wheelbarrow with succulents

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Childs Seaside Themed Pots

A step-by-step creating seaside themed pots and display for children

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Four Seasons in October

Four Seasons lives up to its name as planted to be exciting whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter.

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Hinton Road in July

A long, narrow, naturalistically designed city garden in London, overflowing with plants

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Lawn Care

Maintaining a lawn in top condition requires mowing, feeding, weed-killing, watering, aerating, scarifying & repairing

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Garden Designer Katie Rushworth

For green-fingered Yorkshire designer Katie, gardening comes as naturally as breathing

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Burrow Farm In Autumn

Come September and October, prairie planting of grasses and perennials peaks as trees colour

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Southend Farm In August

By late summer, cottage style borders peak in a small town garden wrapped round a mediaeval farmhouse

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Combining Roses with June Perennials

Roses flower from spring, through summer, into autumn, with a wide range of planting companions

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Butterfly Plants

Plant nectar rich flowers to encourage butterflies, and help halt the decline of these lovely insects

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The Coach House in July

A contemporary town walled garden insummer that maximises limited space with a sunken terrace and raised beds

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Valley Road Garden in July

A small summer garden set against the backdrop of a public park, rural in outlook whilst in a town location

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Planting a Spring Pot Step-by-Step

As March turns into April, plant up a pretty container with tulips, muscari and violas

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Waterhouse Lane in August

Summer flowers and tropical plants fill a small town garden, amongst salvage finds and recycled junk

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An Apple A Day

Apples are flavour of the month, not only as a superfood, but also as a fresh fruit of great variety

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David Austin and His Roses

Over 66 years, David Austin has bred many repeat flowering English roses with unrivalled colour and scent

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Seedheads for Winter Interest

As autumn deepens, ornamental seedheads emerge, as food for birds and structures for frost to dust

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Children’s Gardens

A thoughtfully designed garden enriches a child’s early years with excitement, stimulation, mystery and discovery

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A Seaside Garden in June

In spite of poor soil, sea spray and merciless winds, by summer this coastal garden is full of life, shells and driftwood

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Summer at Coton Manor

An old family country garden that blends borders with meadows, rills, herbs and June’s roses galore

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Manor House in Winter

Even in February, this modern country garden is filled with scent, colour and interest

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Wood Barton Garden in November

As the year draws to a finale, this two-acre arboretum goes out in a blaze of autumn glory

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April Flowers & Showers at Thornhill

With hidden spaces to chance upon, this long town garden cannot fail to surprise and delight in spring

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Romancing The Rose

Few plants have such a long flowering season as roses, stretching from May until first frosts

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Photographing Gardens

Garden photographs provide a lasting record of a fleeting moment, capturing its beauty for all time

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Designing an Intimate Retreat

Design an outdoor space as a sanctuary for escaping life’s pressures, somewhere special to unwind in the natural world

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Step-by-Step Planting a Summer Pot

By July, some areas of the garden are looking tired, so plant a pretty pot to inject instant colour

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Dial Park in June

A small country garden where summer roses and perennials spill over in a parterre and a potager peaks

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Top Ten Summer Container Ideas

There’s no quicker way to brighten up patios, decks and terraces than with container planting

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St Ronans Road in August

Two tiny neighbouring town gardens are designed as outdoor living spaces to be enjoyed all summer long

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Sandhill Farmhouse in Spring

Come April, and both front and back gardens fill with bulbs and blossom, box and buckthorn topiary

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James Wong Profile

Gardener, TV presenter & author, James Wong’s fascination with plants is contagious

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A Family Town Garden in May

A clever garden layout makes the most of an unusual fan-shaped plot and is enjoyed all year round

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Plant A Herb Container for Summer

Novice gardeners’ step by step guide to planting a pot in May, that by June supplies herbs

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Water Features for Gardens

Water adds a touch of magic to gardens, a presence and sound that has the power to calm and soothe

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Salvage Treasures

Recycled junk, objets trouves and architectural artefacts create ornaments that give a garden character

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Town Place in July

A traditional country garden celebrated for magnificent herbaceous borders and rose gardens in summer

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St Mary’s Walk in Autumn

A small town family garden, terraced on three different levels, with borrowed views of distant trees

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Posies & Decorative Jars Step-by-Step

Flowers can be cut all year round for fresh posies, and teamed with recycled glass jars made pretty

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Sibella Road in April

An inspirational tiny town garden laced with spring bulbs planted in containers, beds and borders

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Stuart Cottage in August

A half-acre village garden that peaks in late summer with colour
themed borders of choice plants

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Daylily Plant Profile in July

Daylilies are a mainstay of summer herbaceous planting and, despite their name, their charms endure

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Picking a Garden Posie in January

It may be deepest winter, but there are a number of fragrant flowers to pick for indoors

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Plant Profile – Perennial Violas

With their smiling faces, violas are a sweet-natured perennial that no garden should be without

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Step-by-Step Planting an Autumn Pot

A container of September flowers quickly gives a new lease of life to patios and terraces

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Mother’s Day Posie Step-by-Step

With spring bulbs in flower, it’s an ideal time for the kids to pick a fresh garden posie for their Mum

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Linden Barn in July

A small village garden planted to peak in late summer with herbaceous perennials and roses

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A Town Garden in June

A clever design with pergola, sunken potager and summer flowers creates a space for entertaining

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Trough Step-by-Step Planting Alpines

Alpine troughs, with their tiny flowering plants in spring and summer, are ideal for small gardens

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Woodmansterne in July

Resting between town and countryside, this family garden integrates play areas and summer flower borders

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Woodbines Avenue Garden in August

A long, thin town garden planted for year round interest, with abundant flowering in late summer

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The Crest Garden in June

A suburban garden where a collection of salvage finds is transformed into unusual plant containers

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St Regis Close in April

An imaginative city garden filled with spring tulips, humour, mirrors, follies and unique garden structures

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Flower Pressing

Flower pressing is making a comeback, not only as a children’s hobby, but also as a craft

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Cut Summer Flowers

Easily grown annuals and perennials provide fresh cut flowers for posies and bouquets well into autumn

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Rosebery Road in May

This is a true family town garden, but behind the thoughtful layout and plants lies a strong design

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Quarry Cottage in May

An informal, quarter-acre hillside plot that, come spring, abounds with spring bulbs and frothy perennials