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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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Victorian-Parterre-in-Spring

Come early May, and this restored Victorian Parterre is awash with thousands of tulips

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Frosty-Awakening

A framework of trees and shrubs, paths and courtyards create structure for winter

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Fiddlers Green in June

A coastal cottage garden with spectacular sea views overlooking a bay in the Orkney Isles

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Sandhill Farmhouse in April

A formal country garden designed by Rosemary Alexander, founder of the English Gardening School

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Eastbrook Avenue in June

A town garden based on a circular theme, featuring a colourful annual display in containers

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Planting a Hot Hanging Basket

A step-by-step guide to planting a hanging basket with hot-coloured plants for summer

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Pemberton Road in May

A contemporary courtyard garden within a completely redeveloped Victorian house by award-winning architects

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Alpine Trough Step-by-Step

A practical guide to planting a stone trough with alpine plants

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Autumn Bucket Step by Step

Step-by-step guide to planting an autumn bulb display in a recycled metal bucket

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Epimedium National Collection

The charm of epimediums lies in the way their dainty flowers are suspended from long stems that quiver at the slightest movement

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John Massey’s garden in April

This plantsman’s garden is a joy in spring, tulips, topiary and woodland filled with fritillaries are amongst the delights

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The Avenue in August

An elegant contemporary garden with lawn, patio and decked terrace surrounded by colour and texture

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Sweet Peas at Easton Walled Garden

Come midsummer, Easton Walled Gardens is filled with sweet peas, buzzing bees and a sweet fragrance

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Vine Cottage in June

A 1.5-acre garden divided into garden rooms with formal courtyard, parterre, cherry walk, terrace and large topiary

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Ulting Wick in August

In late summer Ulting Wick brings a blend of vibrant flowers and exotic foliage with Dahlias featuring prominently

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Blue Lake Road in July

An inspirational, half-acre garden with lawns, hedges, topiary, wildlife pond and herbaceous borders

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South Shoebury Hall in April

A one-acre garden that shimmers with colour from blossoming trees and countless tulips around the listed house

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Old Camps in July

A contemporary garden with tones and textures that harmonise with the surrounding Hampshire countryside

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Newby Hall in July

At Newby Hall, a seamless transition between generations has ensured the great 25-acre garden has thrived

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Old-Fashioned Roses at Daws Hall

Major Iain Grahame has established a remarkable collection of old-fashioned roses, many have a rich heritage

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Cournus Kousa in May

Flowering spectacularly for weeks, kousa dogwoods are also prized for winter structure, fruits and handsome foliage

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Woodside Avenue in July

A secluded city garden with outdoor living spaces and herbaceous borders designed around curved lines

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Colesbourne Park in February

There are few more arresting midwinter sights than a myriad snowdrops carpeting woodland or filling beds and borders

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Christmas Wreath Step by Step

Making a decorative door wreath is a sure sign that Christmas is approaching, a fun family activity that fosters a festive spirit.

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Planting a Herb Basket Step by Step

Herbs are easy to grow, and success hinges on choosing a deep basket, good compost and a sunny spot.

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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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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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Burrow Farm In Autumn

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

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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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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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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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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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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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James Wong Profile

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

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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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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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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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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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Garden Lodge in Spring

On a crisp April morning, this garden shines with the beauty of tulips, daffodils and new leaves

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Field House Garden in May

A walled town garden where a long rectangular pool reflects flowers from late spring into summer

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Brooke Cottage in August

A late summer garden that envelops a cottage in herbaceous, shady and container planting areas

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Snowdrop Plant Profile

As one of winter’s most enduring flowers, snowdrops unfurl as early as January, with later cultivars in February and March

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Wilkins Pleck in February

A stunning country garden with a strong framework of hedges and topiary that is brought alive by winter’s frost

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Manor House in July

A riverside garden with prairie style borders of grasses and perennials that peak in summer

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Abbeywood Gardens in August

Late summer colour and exotic planting add a special charm to this beautiful rural family garden

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Belle Vue in May

A winding, decked path between packed borders makes a long narrow summer plot appear wider

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Clematis All Year Round

Small, dainty, big or blowsy, clematis come in such a range as to suit any garden, flowering in every month

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Moleshill in February

This walled garden is magical in snow, its structure highlighted as individual plants cast their spell

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Hellebore Plant Profile

Hellebores, with their exquisite winter flowers and long flowering season, have enchanted generations of gardeners

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Spring Containers

Nothing heralds spring better than flowers, with many of the brightest thriving in pots for weeks on end

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Mill House in May

Spring in this traditional garden brings fresh foliage, blossom and the flowering of 2000 tulips