It's the most glamorous event on the gardening calendar and now the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is returning for its 106th year.
The garden at Melbourne is a revelation where historical importance and rarity are matched by its visual delights. Made around 1700, the garden is arguably the best surviving example of the formal French style, subtly adapted for England with formal hedged walks through woodland. The Birdcage, viewed from the 18th-century house (not open) across sloping lawn and formal water, is the most distinguished ironwork garden building in England, a bravura creation by Robert Bakewell. Elsewhere are the Four Seasons urn and other statues in lead by Jan van Nost – but if you just want a wander this is also the place for you.
Sweet peppers and chillies, which can be grown as early as January, are great for their health benefits, versatility in cooking and the delicious flavour they bring to a range of meals.
How does one adopt a plant? It’s a novel idea, but surely one that would fit in well with a new generation of green-fingered environmentalists. Keep reading to learn more about plant recycling and how it’s flourished over the last few years into a sensational summer event.
Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate which could impact our food supplies but also turn our brightly-coloured meadows into grey hinterlands. By moving from flower to flower, they are vital pollinators of many garden and wild flowers. So how do we attract more of them to our gardens? Here are Jean Vernon's top tips.
The Old Corn Mill exemplifies the sensitively nurtured style of garden that is increasingly popular with owners and visitors in the National Garden Scheme. Gently introduced planting such as drifts of tulips in meadow grass and aquatic marginals along the stream enhance the natural scenery of woodland and waterside that leads out to sheep meadows and Herefordshire countryside. Wild daffodils seed themselves and if you’re lucky the spotted orchids will be out. There’s a trail for children, but with the freshness of spring, this is enchanting for all ages.
One of the most exciting developments in gardening over the past 20 years has been the proliferation of perennials that combine Liberace's showiness with Mo Farah's stamina to flower from spring until autumn. Some are stalwarts recognised for their staying power, others come via the cut-flower industry, but most are the fruition of decades of work by breeders.
Summer is the only time you can host barbecues in the garden and say "Oh, it's really nothing" when your friends compliment you on your gorgeous borders. Internally, of course, you'll be glowing like a geranium with pride.
Autumn is one of the best seasons for many reasons: ochre leaves falling from trees, the return of knitted jumpers and Halloween, to name a few. However, the season also brings opportunities for your garden.
There are hundreds of thousands of different plant and flower varieties in the world, meaning it takes a special kind of knowledge to differentiate your Dracula simia (or 'Monkey Face Orchid') from your Rafflesia keithii (or 'Corpse Flower').
Apple trees are left in a sorry state by heavy-handed pruning and rampant re-growth, but this guide will leave your fruit tree happy and healthy
The truth is cut flowers don't last forever, but garden expert Sarah Raven has some simple tricks for keeping them fresh and maximising their life span so you can enjoy them for longer.
Keeping your garden going through the winter gets you outside, allows you to exercise and can give you brilliant home-grown produce. Here's is Bunny Guinness's complete guide to what to grow during the colder months.
Planting fruits and vegetables in your garden doesn't have to be a chore, neither does maintaining them. These simple fruits and vegetables all but grow themselves.
It couldn’t have taken long to think up the name “sweet potato” for Ipomoea batatas. Although an easy subtropical plant to grow, in our cool UK climate a few tricks and a long hot summer are needed to form the large, vitamin C-rich tubers.
Can you identify Britain's most common trees? If you can't, now is the time to get to know our native species, says Eden project horticulturalist, Julie Kendall. Here, she explains why planting native trees in your garden is such good idea and which ones to pick.
Spring is the season that many gardeners look forward to the most, especially if it follows a long cold, dark winter. The official first day falls around March 20 or 21, otherwise known as the March equinox. At this time, in Britain at least, deciduous trees will still be bare or only just showing signs of life. Some early bulbs will have been flowering already, such as snowdrops, crocus, chionodoxa.
During my latest trip to California I’d planned to study cacti and the desert wildflowers of short lived annuals that emerge only in early spring, using what little water is available from winter rains before the summer. We certainly found these - miles and miles of exceptionally beautiful, honey scented flowers in the desert - but as reports on Instagram of a superbloom on a scale not seen in over seventeen years kept popping up in my feed, we changed course, racing to see it.