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Crafty ways of watering to survive the scorching summer

The hot summer can make it tricky to keep all your plants happy. Toby Buckland's tips will keep your garden looking its best, even as the people sitting in it frazzle<p>Who’d have predicted that, just 12 months after the wettest summer on record, the sun would come out and frazzle the garden? …


Heaven-scent: the best roses for your garden

Sarah Raven asks head gardener David Stone to choose his favourite roses from many examples of perfumed perfection at Mottisfont Abbey.<p>As you walk through the gate into the walled garden at Mottisfont Abbey, even with your eyes shut there's no mistaking what sort of garden this is – the scent of …


Couple have work cut out maintaining ‘Hanging Gardens of Derby’

As Britain experiences one of the longest heatwaves in a decade, one retired couple have their work cut out maintaining the “Hanging Gardens of Derby”.<p>Carol and Fred Whaley have spent 15 years growing the pot plants outside their home, and spend a couple of hours a day watering and tending to …

Is this the world's tallest delphinium?

The staff at Waterperry Garden Centre in Oxfordshire believe they may have grown the world's tallest delphinium - but sadly, it won't last long enough to be officially recognised.<p>The delphinium: devilishly tricky to grow, toxic to humans and deadly to cattle, even used by Native Americans to ward …

How to Know When Strawberries Are Ripe to Pick : The Chef's Garden

Landscaping With Lilacs : Garden Savvy

The Best Ways to Trim a Bougainvillea & Avoid Thorns : Garden Savvy

How to Plant Bare Root Strawberries in Hanging Baskets : Grow Guru

How to Make Impatiens Bushier : More Gardening Advice

How to Grow Mint Next to Cilantro : The Chef's Garden

How to Use Cedar Mulch on Veggie Plants : The Chef's Garden

How Far Apart to Plant Hosta? : Garden Savvy

How to Relocate a Butterfly Bush : Garden Savvy

How to Plant Tomatoes in Full Sun : The Chef's Garden

Fire Pit Landscaping Ideas : Landscaping Materials & Techniques

How Do I Plant & Care for a Butterfly Bush? : Garden Savvy

Spray for Caterpillars on Tomatoes : Garden Space

How to Root Butterfly Bush Clippings : Grow Guru

How Do I Soak Seeds Prior to Planting? : Grow Guru

How to Start a Butterfly Bush in a Container : Garden Savvy

Growing a Butterfly Bush From Cuttings : Grow Guru



What to do in the garden this week: tidy up borders

Your gardening checklist for the week ahead. This week: neaten borders and prune once-flowering old roses.<p><b>Border time</b><p>Tidy up borders to give them a second wind, and cut away stems and foliage of plants that have flowered so they leaf up and possibly flower again.<p><b>Prune and improve</b><p>Tree canopies and …