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. [...]

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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 [...]

Plant Profiles

  • 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 [...]
  • Leonotis leonurus close-up of flower buds
    Slightly sprawling and rain-battered, but nevertheless looking spectacular in the garden at the moment is one of my favourite plants, and a worthy first plant profile for my blog: Leonotis leonurus, or Lion’s Ear (the [...]

Garden History

WELCOME

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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