Pelargonium ice cream

Scented pelargonium ice cream

Infuse your ice cream mix with the heady scents of scented pelargoniums for a heavenly flavour.

basil pesto with greek basil

Does all basil taste the same?

Vicki Cooke explores the virtues of The king of herbs – basil and offers some expert advice regarding taste and flavour

Can I plant bulbs for the summer?

With spring well underway, it’s time to plan and plant for the summer. Debi Holland chooses her five favourite summer bulbs and offers her tips and advice along the way

Lady of Shallot rose bred by David Austin Roses

Growing roses

Rose expert, Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses, offers his advice to getting the best from your your roses and picks five all-time favourites.

Growing cosmos for cut flowers

Cosmos are one of the easiest, most rewarding flowers you can grow in your garden. Their simple, open flowers have a friendly, smiley, summery demeanor and can be planted in beds, borders, pots and containers all around your garden with simply stunning results.

Which annuals should I grow?

Debi Holland shares her love of garden annuals and suggests five fabulous annuals to grow in your garden

Plant partners for roses

Rose expert Michael Marriott suggests some perfect companion plants for garden roses. Enhance your garden roses with the beauty of other flowering plants.

hepatica nobilis

Spring-flowering woodland plants

Tamsin Westhorpe is on a mission to encourage gardeners to invest in some of her favourite February flowering, low growing plants.

sowing broad beans

Grow broad beans

Broad beans are an easy vegetable to grow and much more robust than French or runner beans. Why not give them a go in your garden this year?

How can I make gardening a bit easier?

When the aches and pains limit your gardening, it can be disheartening. Debi Holland offers advice on how to keep yourself gardening when faced with restricted mobility

blackbird eating berries from common ivy

Berries for birds

Grow some plants in the garden that bear berries to help birds through the winter. Pyracantha, ivy, holly and cotoneaster are all good choices.

Helleborus niger

The Christmas Rose

Geoff Stebbings extols the virtues of the Christmas rose – Helleborus niger.

Summer bulbs for planting in spring

Getting ready for spring

It may be cold, wet, miserable and depressing outside but there’s still lots you can do outdoors to get your garden ready for spring.

Hellebores underplanted with heathers

Plant a winter container

Create some real drama in your garden with a seasonal planter. Just a handful of plants will establish colour and interest for weeks on end.

Pennisetum Dark Desire

Five great winter grasses

Grass expert Neil Lucas suggests some fabulous grasses to turn your garden into a winter wonderland.

Gaultheria procumbens

Evergreens for winter pots

Evergreens come into their own in winter. Make use of smaller ones in pots and containers to bring colour and interest to your garden.

Cornus alba Sibirica

Five great winter stem dogwoods

Adding colour and interest into your garden doesn’t just mean you need lots of flowers. Here are five great winter stemmed dogwoods for your garden.

Jellybean Plant (Sedum)

Succulent love

Succulents are easy to grow and can be grown outdoor in the garden or in pots, or bring them indoors as house plants. Here are 5 great succulents to try.

Carex testacea

Five great grasses for containers

You don’t need a grass garden to appreciate the beauty of these useful plants, says Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens.

Prunus serrula

Trees for winter bark

Create some winter structure with beautiful bark and stems. Andy McIndoe reveals his favourite winter trees, including Prunus serrula, Cornus alba & Betula.

Quince fruit

What can you do with quinces?

Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace Vicki Cooke explores the history and uses of the fascinating quince

Houseleeks growing in a rockery

Five ways with houseleeks

Houseleeks (or sempervivums) are really easy to grow, hardy and come in a fantastic variety. Jean Vernon suggests five ways of growing these fabulous plants.

Hordeum jubatum

Ornamental garden grasses

Grasses really can be great garden plants and the most wonderful thing about them is that they need very little investment by way of time and effort according to Neil Lucas.

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Creating autumnal garden hues

Geoff Stonebanks gives an insight into the autumnal hues at his award winning garden Driftwood Garden

rose in pot

Can I grow roses in containers?

Roses can be grown in large pots and if you are renting, or moving home, it’s a great way of having a mobile garden. Michael Marriott from David Austin Roses shares his top tips.

Berberis thunbergii

Planting shrubs and trees in autumn

Autumn is the perfect season for planting shrubs and trees. Andy McIndoe gives his advice and top tips for planting, and his 5 favourite shrubs.


Growing apples

If there’s one fruit that’s suited to our inclement weather, it’s the apple, says former Royal Kitchen Garden Keeper at Hampton Court Palace, Vicki Cooke.


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