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April 5, 2017

Wildflower meadows. Why bother?

It is hard to imagine British literature, art, poetry, and music without references to wildflowers, and the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, D. H. Lawrence, William Morris, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and many others would be seriously diminished without the richness of our native flora for inspiration. Shakespeare alone mentions over 100 native wildflowers and plants in his plays and sonnets. But pleasing the eye is […]
March 20, 2017

What happened to Ann-Marie’s Chelsea show garden?

Have you ever wondered what happened to Ann-Marie’s much loved  ‘Health Happiness & Horticulture garden’ at the end of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show? Simon Lycett – celebrity florist – tells us all about it on Garden Tags.
March 10, 2017

We now are a SGD Registered Practice

Ann-Marie Powell Gardens is delighted to share that we are now the third practice in the UK to become a Registered Practice of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). Always striving for excellence and working to the highest quality standard, we now offer an additional guarantee to our valued client, abiding by the Society’s Code of Conduct. All our design work is under the personal supervision […]
October 24, 2016
Robin in the snow

Autumn: few of our favourite things…Welcoming wildlife.

We love wildlife and to continue our ‘Autumn: Some of our favorite things’ series, this week we share some tips on how to look after our overwintering feathered friends!   {photo credit: magnus manske via wikimedia} As winter draws in, the going gets tough for garden wildlife – and as food sources decrease the need to find food in order to survive increases. Help wildlife over […]
October 19, 2016
Tulipa 'Princess Irene'

Autumn: few of our favourite things … Here come the bulbs!

As summer flowers fade and fizzle, a delivery of fat, plump bulbs offers the promise of Spring and beyond. There’s something rather wonderful about planting the heart of an unseen flower in Autumn, to be forgotten about for months until bulbs burst into colour into the Spring, long before most plants awake from their Winter slumber. Easy to grow, inexpensive and requiring a minimum of […]
October 12, 2016

Autumn: few of our favourite things…

A gentle month with warm days and cosy evenings, October sees the garden gracefully move into autumn. Low light levels and shorter days sees the atmosphere within the garden change as summer ebbs away. Though it is be time to tuck the garden into bed for the coming winter, there is still so much to enjoy in the garden: there is an array of fruits […]
October 5, 2016

Your questions answered: Bare-root, Root-ball, or Containerised?

Here we are again, it is that time of the year in which attractive catalogues and newsletters try to seduce you with intriguing bare-roots plants of familiar as well as unheard varieties. You might well have room for ‘just one more’ specimen in your garden, and be ready to fall into temptation…… but what does bare-root really mean, and is it really a good alternative to […]
September 28, 2016

Ann-Marie Powell’s top 5 Tulips!

With so much choice, choosing the perfect variety of tulip might feel quite overwhelming! This week we come to help – revealing Ann-Marie Powell’s favorite varieties, so why not grab a cup of tea and put your feet up? Tulipa ‘Abu Hassan’: A stunning bi-coloured variety, with dark velvety mahogany flowers tipped in golden-yellow. One of the first to flower. April, 45cm circa. Tulipa ’Ballerina’: The […]