Gardening

  • LifestyleThe Telegraph

    Why species tulips are the best of the bunch – and how to care for them in your garden

    Polly Nicholson was already developing her small organic flower farm, the Wiltshire-based Bayntun Flowers, when, in 2015, she set eyes upon ‘Dom Pedro’ – a Dutch Historic tulip in deepest mahogany that stole her heart and kick-started a growing odyssey. “I’ve regretted that moment ever since,” says Nicholson jokingly, of her introduction to the world of specialist tulips. It began with that luscious brown flower and rapidly progressed into an all-out obsession through which she has amassed the N

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    How to start a herb garden, and eight of the best to grow

    Jekka McVicar started growing herbs 40 years ago, when those typically available in the shops came dried in a jar. At the time, her interest in growing them meant she was considered a hippy. “A signed-up member of the brown rice brigade,” she jokes. Today, however, “it’s wonderful how boringly mainstream I am now, after all this time.”

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    How to bring the inside out in your garden: the new furniture to order now

    Despite the seemingly non-stop rain we’ve been experiencing, now is the time to cast our minds to glorious summer days to come – and the garden furniture we need to enjoy them. While it’s standard to have a table and chairs on the patio, perhaps accompanied by the odd deckchair, increasingly we’re looking for more stylish options that make our gardens look as good as our lounges.

    9-min read
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    Viagra really can make cut flowers last longer

    If you’re given flowers with a box of Viagra on the side, it might not be for the reason you’re thinking. It could just be that the person who has bought you the flowers is a keen horticulturalist. Danish scientists have recently discovered that Viagra can make things more perky not just in the bedroom but on the mantelpiece, kitchen table and windowsill too. The little blue pill, it seems, when dropped into a vase with a bunch of cut flowers, can limit cell damage in stems, petals and leaves, r

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    Early spring is the perfect time to plant lilacs – and here is why

    We’re coming up to early spring, and that’s the best time to plant a container-grown lilac, or any other woody plant for that matter. The soil is warming up and the spring growth spurt is about to take off. Tree lilacs aren’t riding high in the fashion stakes, admittedly, but they have an immaculate sense of timing. They flower just as late spring slides into early summer and their almost conical flowerheads catch the softness of a late-spring day just when it’s warm enough to enjoy the garden o

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    Gardening in March: what to plant and tidy in your garden this month

    A fuzz of fresh, vibrant green is starting to appear over shrubs and trees, keeping the many spring bulbs company. It is such an exciting time in the garden. March brings with it a great influx of light, plus the clocks going forward: by the end of the month, evening gardening is very much back on the cards. That extra hour will come in handy as this is the first really busy gardening month. Greenhouses and windowsills soon fill up with pots and seed trays as we attempt to get our plants to the

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    10 of the best spring-flowering clematis to grow

    There is a glorious moment when winter finally yields to spring. The birds are singing and snapping twigs from the branches above, and the grass is shooting up. It’s a glorious time for the gardener, and some willing varieties of deciduous clematis take part in this spring bonanza. They unfurl their flowers just as the new, soft-green foliage breaks into growth.

    6-min read