Gardening

  • LifestyleThe Telegraph

    The best smelling plants to have in your garden (and the ones to avoid)

    Having spent many years trying to master the art of creating a garden that’s full of heady, sweet scents, particularly during the month of June, I worry that I’m slightly behind the curve in our recent obsession for the more obscure and nauseating odours that are created by certain plants. If the thousands of visitors to Kew Gardens to see the magnificent Titan Arum in flower are anything to go by, do we need to broaden our nasal palette?

    5-min read
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    The nine things I did to give my garden a glow-up in two weeks (on a budget)

    Two years ago, I was the newly proud possessor of my own garden, excitedly exploring the possibilities my little patch had to offer. I couldn’t pass a garden centre without going in, and couldn’t leave one having not spent any money. This time of year was when I enjoyed my garden the most: roses blooming; shrubbery expanding; the possibility of eating outdoors.

    11-min read
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    How to get picture-perfect topiary in time for garden-party season

    Nothing sets off a garden quite like a neatly clipped topiary ball, cone or, perhaps, cloud. If you fancy having a go at turning your shrubs into topiary in time for the first garden parties of the summer, now is a good time of year to get cracking. You could take the easy way out by buying a ready-made design in the form of a wire frame. Some even come with a plant attached. The plant will grow into the shape and you just trim off the excess as it pokes through the frame. It is not, though, the

    6-min read
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    What I’ve learnt about growing a self-sufficient garden – and keeping pests at bay

    The romanticised self-sufficiency depicted in The Good Life is rather different from the “fermes ornées” or ornamental farms created in the 18th century. My garden is something between the two extremes. It feeds us (but not entirely) and has a handful of chickens, sheep, pigs and cows, as well as flowers, trees and meadows for me to garden and enjoy.

    9-min read
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    Gardening jobs in June: what to plant and tidy in your garden this month

    We have reached midsummer, the roses are blooming and borders are at their peak, fresh and floriferous. Days are light and warm and dusk is long and beautiful, crying out for us to be in the garden late into the evening. It is a time for pottering and for beginning to enjoy the fruits of our labours.

    5-min read
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    Alan Titchmarsh: ‘Slugs are my friends? Don’t be ridiculous!’

    Alan Titchmarsh creeps into his garden by torchlight, picks all the slugs off his plants and hurls them over the country hedge. It’s lucky he doesn’t have a neighbour. “Oh, I do, but they’re far enough away and she’s my PA. So we have an arrangement,” he chortles.

    9-min read
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    Samantha Cameron on her love of flowers and David’s green fingers

    “It was such a romantic thing to do,” says Samantha Cameron, recalling the gift her husband gave her for her 50th birthday. “He bought me 10 peony plants and dug a new bed at the end of the garden to put them in. They’re one of my favourite flowers and he wanted me to have them every year.”

    7-min read