Our garden

  • Reflections on Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens. I greatly enjoyed the first episode of the new BBC series Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens, charting the history, design and symbolism of the beautiful and tranquil Islamic garden style. [...]

The plants we grow

  • A surprisingly hardy plant from southeast Asia. A number of years ago I worked in the Southeast Asia section at Kew Gardens, and took part in several field trips to Borneo. In 1848, the Victorian [...]
  • Penthorum sedoides is a perennial herb native to the eastern United States where it grows in wet soils or shallow water on river banks, marshes, ditches and the margins of pools. Plants from this part [...]
  • On the 14th November 1768, 79 days after the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth on Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world (the story of which is told in a previous blog post – 250 [...]
  • The flowers of this unusual aquatic plant, which seems to have become more popular in cultivation in recent years, are held in an inflorescence (flower head) that is said by some to resemble a single [...]
  • The sky is grey, the leaves have mostly fallen and the temperature is dropping, but one plant is currently bringing a splash of tropical colour to the garden:  Tibouchina urvilleana (also known as the glory [...]

Botanists’ Backyards

Garden History

Musings

  • Why I prefer to grow exotic plants rather than native species. In an article in this month’s Gardener’s World magazine, Monty Don argues that gardeners should grow more native plants, rather than non-native ‘exotics’. This [...]

Weather

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My name is Jonathan and I live with my husband Rob in Camberwell, south London, where we grow plants from over 140 different families in our garden.

This blog aims to document the development of our mini backyard botanic garden, the stories behind some of the plants that grow here, the occasional visit to other gardens, as well as general musings on gardening and botany.

Join me in pushing the boundaries to discover what botanical wonders we can get away with growing in London.

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