gardening

  • Suzi Quatro: ‘Gardening helped me to process the loss of my baby’

    Our regular gardening column, Personal Growth, is not about plant names and weeding tips (although a few might come up). It is about reflections, memories and feelings.

  • ‘I didn't plan on returning to Chelsea Flower Show – but now I have the chance to leave a legacy’

    Year after Chelsea Flower Show year, Andy Sturgeon has hidden himself among the dense crowd on opening day and listened to what show-goers have to say about his latest garden.

  • How to create a Bridgerton garden at home – and the best 'Regencycore' gardens to visit

    The “Bridgerton Effect” has led to increased demand for opulent, “regencycore” Regency-era style homes, with rises in sales of four poster beds, patterned wallpaper, plush fabrics and even period houses.

  • Ten houseplants to take outside this summer

    Are you planning your summer holidays? Perhaps your precious houseplants could do with one too? Maybe you have a passion for foliage plants with green as your favourite colour indoors and out, and leaves beat flowers hands down on your coffee table as well as in your borders? The all-round resolution could be a selection of houseplants that would live happily outside in your garden during summer and then come inside to shelter from winter’s cold.

  • Xa Tollemache: 'The garden was like a menacing beast'

    Gardening can be an intimidating pastime for anyone starting out, but when Lady Xa Tollemache began her horticultural odyssey almost 50 years ago, as the newly installed young chatelaine of the moated manor house Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, she was facing a challenge of epic proportions.

  • What is the right way to deal with going-over tulips?

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • How (and why) should I protect plants from late frost?

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • Should you hug a slug? The new culture war dividing gardeners

    Anyone who has encountered a gastropod – snails or slugs – under barefoot at night will be familiar with the horror: a wet, squelching sensation that leaves you feeling both revolted... and a bit relieved. Another garden predator has bitten the dust, and with that, your cabbages, hostas and you can sleep a little more safely.

  • How topiary got cool again

    ‘The process of creating and clipping topiary is all-involving. It demands focus on what you’re doing, without your mind wandering and worrying about the way the world is going,” says Chris Poole, a volunteer gardener at Ham House and Garden, who has been involved in fashioning remarkable new topiary designs. “At the end of it, you’ve got something beautiful, which is incredibly rewarding. It’s the same as painting or sculpting. Your material is a plant, and your tools are shears and snips.”

  • The best ways to make your garden more bee-friendly

    This spring and summer you could make some simple but crucial changes in your garden that will help our native bee population.

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

    The late tulips are in bloom, lilac is in great billowing flower, and there is still lots of blossom around – hawthorn and apple are in full swing.

  • Meet the senior civil servant who gave it up to grow carrots

    Chloë Dunnett found an old diary recently, written just after she’d graduated from university and was attending career fairs. In it, she wrote: “Really, I just want to be a farmer.” Two decades later, after a first career in international development and a second as a senior civil servant with roles in the Home and Cabinet Offices and the Ministry of Justice, she’s finally here, in wellies and a charity-shop Barbour jumper, surrounded by no-dig vegetable beds on what is now London’s largest inne

  • Everything you need to know about sunflowers

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • Which bamboos are safe to grow?

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • How to grow bamboo safely in your garden

    I believe that bamboo plants have a place in a garden and can be architecturally stunning, making good substitutes for small trees.

  • The forgotten hobby of flower pressing is back – here’s how to master it

    On a summer evening post-lockdown in 2020, over an Aperol spritz on a Peckham rooftop, my sister handed me a mysterious object she’d found abandoned on her garden wall: two squares of plywood, clamped together by long bolts secured by four little wing nuts, one in each corner. Immediately I recognised it as the rudimentary equipment to press flowers, a favourite hobby of my childhood. ‘Ours were just like this, weren’t they?’ she asked, taking me back to sitting crossed-legged surrounded by peta

  • Can I really grow citrus trees at home?

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • How to grow citrus trees at home in the UK

    Seeing young orange and lemon trees in garden centres can lead to fantasies of plucking fruit straight from the branch to use in the kitchen.

  • The best way to keep garden hedges healthy

    The main reason for planting a hedge may be to mark a boundary, but it is a multifunctional feature that is just as deserving of our time as the rest of the garden.

  • What's the best way to keep my hedges healthy?

    If you love your garden but need advice on how to keep it looking lush and welcoming all year round, top head gardener Tom Brown can help. In this regular column he demystifies common gardening problems, explains what to tackle when, and shows how to make every moment on the plot more fun and productive. Happy gardening!

  • Prue Leith: 'I don’t care what the neighbours think, I wouldn’t have mauve in my Cotswolds garden'

    When Prue Leith first started gardening, many seasons ago, her Cotswold neighbour Jilly Cooper said she had to stick to the area’s classic colours; blues, pinks, whites and mauves. The problem was that Leith hates mauve. “So I took no notice,” says Leith, mistress of the wry smile. She hadn’t wanted to live in the Cotswolds because she thought it was all too twee, but then she realised you can make it what you like.

  • The best garden furniture trends for 2022

    The flash of warm weather we have experienced recently has given a tantalising glimpse of summer. Which, along with the impending Jubilee weekend approaching, turns even the least green fingered amongst us to think about how the garden will play host this summer. According to data from Pinterest, where there are more than 1 million posts around “entertaining garden”.

  • 10 simple ways to bring your garden back from the dead this weekend

    We’ve all noticed a change in the air: birds are singing more audibly, trees are sprouting a green fuzz of growth and the bedroom is full of daylight when the alarm goes off in the morning. With senses and emotions starting to stir, it’s time to get out there and enrich your soul.

  • Top tips from the tulip festivals and where to see tulips at their best

    Now that we’re venturing out, despite the stop-start spring, it’s time to pay homage to the glorious tulip – those Asian beauties transformed by generations of dedicated plant breeders in the Netherlands. There will be plenty of inspiration: many gardens major on tulips because they’re the horti equivalent of a starting gun: they announce that spring is about to go full tilt into summer.

  • The best open gardens to visit this weekend

    A visit to a beautiful garden with green-fingered friends has become a great British weekend tradition. Not only do these outings provide creative inspiration for your own plot, but they usually involve tea and cakes and a trip to the plant stall.

  • Gardeners' Question Time used to be for silver-haired ladies, but that's changed – gardening has got hip

    It fascinates me when I meet glitzy people who are non-gardeners and they tell me: “Oh my God, I love Gardeners’ Question Time”. And you think, “What, really?” But they also say that when they listen to people talking about green things it makes them feel good. While we all appreciate being in a green space gives you those endorphins, I also think that when you listen to people talk about it, it has a similar effect.