Although we’ve waved goodbye to the summer, that doesn’t mean we have to stop making an effort in the garden this Autumn. The season provides the perfect opportunity to plant some hardier vegetable seeds ready for the winter and long-lasting plants and flowers that’ll last the season long.  

With the Chelsea Flower Show around the corner, we’ve taken a look at some of the best outdoorsy experts on Instagram. From gardeners to florists, read on to find out the experts that’ll help to inspire your garden makeover.

Isabelle Palmer (@thebalconygardener)

So you’ve finally got your own pad in the city and it comes with outdoor space! The downside? It’s only a small balcony overlooking the high street. But still, it’s a start! Now all that’s left to do is turn it into a little oasis filled with long-lasting plants, pockets of colour and seating. Thankfully, in the age of the digital landscape, there’s a gardener sharing her expertise online. 

Enter The Balcony Gardener, aka Isabelle Palmer, who has created an Instagram community centred around transforming small spaces into happy floral places. Isabelle shares her expertise and advice through her feed, helping to spark inspiration for tiny balcony spaces. She’s also a garden columnist at House Beautiful UK. 

Nikki Tibbles (@nikkitibbleswildatheart)

The brains behind Wild at Heart, Nikki Tibbles is certainly one to follow for those wanting floral inspiration for their home. You’ll find Nikki regularly sharing displays the team have crafted, alongside RHS imagery and a whole lot of doggy content. 

Flick through her IGTV clips and see Nikki share her expertise from tablescaping to interior styling, plus some In Conversations with some of her friends and other experts.

Arthur Parkinson (@arthurparkinson) 

For wholesome countryside content, look to Arthur Parkinson for inspiration. Here the writer, potter and gardener shares his daily life, from farm life content – chickens included – to displays of wild flowers and herbs in his cottage garden. 

Arthur’s captions are often budding with information about the current season’s in-season florals, as well as tips and tricks for keeping your garden looking fresh and colourful. He’s also shared some detailed videos on flower cuttings and little garden tours.

Piet Oudolf (@pietoudolf) 

If you’re looking for landscape design inspiration, you’ve got to be following Piet Oudolf and his wide range of gardening adventures. 

Based in the Netherlands, Pier has worked on some of the greatest landscaping projects around the world. Including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, designing the planting areas situated on the South Plaza. 

His Instagram, boasting over 175 thousand followers, is dedicated to his work, showcasing the vast green spaces he has helped transform into little pockets of paradise.

Verde Flower Co (@verdeflowerco)

Helping you to live out your farmyard dreams one Insta post at a time is Verde Flower Co, an all-women team of #flowerfarmerflorists. Set up by Caroline, Becky and Roisin (plus their four-legged friends), they produce sustainably grown seasonal flowers from their Victoria walled garden. 

Their Instagram is filled with colourful posies, from perfectly crafted stems to wildflower arrangements. Follow along to relish in their countryside living or draw inspiration for your own at-home arrangements.

Philippa Craddock (@philippacraddock)

You might recognise this royally approved name. Philippa Craddock is the woman behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding. Since then, her work has gone on to be seen and cherished by millions. 

Nowadays you’ll find Philippa continuing to create beautiful arrangements and hosting masterclasses at her flower school studio. Over on her Instagram, the florist boasts 130 thousand followers, sharing her love for floral design in every post. She shares her insight and expertise through her posts and captions, as well as at her studio.

Claire Ratinon (@claireratinon)

For those wanting to go down the organic, fresh food route, Sussex-based food grower and writer, Claire Ratinon is here to guide you through the processes step-by-step. 

Claire knows everything there is about growing food sustainably right at home. Her Instagram, home to over 16 thousand followers, is dedicated to fresh produce, from tips for growing seasonal fruit and veggies to anecdotes about her home life. 

For those fully invested, she also has a book dedicated to home growing too, titled ‘How to grow your dinner without leaving the house’.

Acres Wild (@acreswildgardendesign)

More South East based specialists, Acres Wild is a landscaping company led by award-winning garden designers Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith. They’ve been transforming the local area since the late 80s and have become pros in their field. 

Over on their Instagram, expect beautiful images of their designs. It’ll no doubt spark gardening inspiration for your future endeavours, from herb gardens to rock pools.

 

Milli Proust (@milliproust)

Milli Proust, based in West Sussex, is renowned for her sustainability and bountiful, sprawling bouquets. We instantly fell in love with her Insta feed, bursting with wild flowers, beautiful designs and event displays. 

For those wanting to pick up a tip or two can book in for one of her classes, or take all of the praise and order one of her bouquets for your home.


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