Casual Gardener: Less is more in a Japandi garden

Japandi merges the best of Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian cosiness…

IN some way it must be down to globalisation but I still can’t get my around Japandi, a minimalist style that takes its inspiration from both Japan and Scandinavia – locations separated by a mere 5,000 miles. The philosophy behind Japandi, according to one of its advocates, is an “appreciation for simplicity, traditional craftsmanship, and a respect for natural and enduring materials”. By all accounts it has taken the world of interior design by storm and many of its principles are being adopted in outdoor spaces too, where it’s said

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How to look after your garden during the hosepipe ban

Parts of southern England will see a hosepipe ban come into force today (5 August) after the UK saw the driest July since 1935.

According to the Met Office, the month of July was the driest for England since 1935 and the driest on record for East Anglia, southeast and southern England.

To combat the drought, a hosepipe ban is being put in place to Southern Water customers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from 5pm today.

This means that using hosepipes to water gardens, fill swimming pools, or clean your car will not be allowed.

Parts of

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