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Flower Arrangements 101: A Crash Course for Easy and Elegant Florals

Like many people, I want cut flowers to grace my home at all times, and in most instances, a simple jar of in-season blooms feels like enough. But …

The ultimate water feature guide

Create sound and movement in your garden with a fountain, wildlife pool or rill<p>To my mind, water is the son et lumiere of the garden. It adds sound and light and also brings in life. Water features are brilliant for increasing the enjoyment of gardens – but only if they work properly.<p>I first …

Top 10 ideas for fashionistas: Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Best Show Garden revealed, plus all the medal winners in pictures

Exclusive preview: Bunny Guinness's 20 must-sees at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

1. The Linklaters Garden for Maggie’s<p>It is difficult to come up with a different approach to a Chelsea show garden, but Darren Hawkes’s clever design for Maggie’s Centres (maggiescentres.org) definitely does. Darren has made it a secret garden, or as secret as can be for a garden that will have …

Homes with the most gorgeous gardens to rival Chelsea Flower Show

Growing roses, the Sissinghurst way

<b>Sissinghurst's roses are the best in the country. Now's the time to learn how it's done, says Sarah Raven</b><p><b>In pictures: 50 spring gardens</b>• <b><br>Gardeners' Forum</b><p>Visitors to the rose garden at Sissinghurst in high summer are confronted with one of the most heart-rendingly beautiful spectacles in …

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 …

Giant hogweed: everything you need to know

Beware of the hogweed! That might sound like something from Harry Potter and his Herbology lessons, but it's a very real warning.<p>The pesky plant has been causing trouble over the last few weeks, with reports of children being severely burnt and blistered by its menacing touch.<p>What is Giant Hogweed, …

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: Best in Show goes to a 'Maltese quarry', plus all the medal winners

The award for Best Show Garden deservedly went to James Basson for the M&G Garden, a monumental evocation of a Maltese quarry where nature and a gardener of exceptional talent have worked together to heal the scars of excavation.<p>The effect is beautiful but austere - and not necessarily to …

Chelsea Flower Show 2017 highlights - from pandas to walking trees

The Chelsea Flower Show, the world’s most prestigious flower show, is back. Here's a taster of what you can expect from tomorrow onwards...<p>Pandas<p>Alright, they're not real pandas - merely performers in costume - but it's still very impressive. Head down to the Silk Road Garden to get a look at …

London's Garden Museum: an exclusive preview

‘We’re still looking for the perfect garden bench,” Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum, tells me, as we stand in the middle of St Mary-at-Lambeth Church, wearing hard hats and plastic-bag covered boots.<p>He’s conducting a pleasingly meandering tour around the museum’s newly …

Chelsea in Bloom winners bring a floral safari to London's smartest shops

From coriander to mint: a guide to growing herbs

Basil<p>Basil, the staple of much Italian cooking, is definitely a useful herb to have handy.<p><b>Container/Garden?</b><p>Basil likes to grow in well drained, rich soil. So growing it in a pot may be the best option in terms of soil and nutrient management.<p>They do however love full sun - so make sure the pot is …

'It's not supposed to be pretty': an in-depth look at RHS Chelsea's Best Show Garden

<i>The award for Best Show Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 went to James Basson for the M&G Garden, a monumental evocation of a Maltese quarry where nature and a gardener of exceptional talent have worked together to heal the scars of excavation. Stephen Lacey takes a close look at the winning</i> …

Queen discovers renewed love of gardening at 91

The Queen has discovered a renewed interest in gardening, it has emerged, proving that even at the age of 91, it is never too late to take up a new hobby.<p>The monarch, who toured the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, was inspired by a garden restoration project at …

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

It’s the time of year when horticulturalists and green-fingered gurus head to south-west London for the world’s greatest garden show. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is once again sponsored by M&G Investments so you can get some tips on growth, in every sense of the word. Don’t miss ‘The M&G Garden’ …

Chelsea Flower Show 2017: how to do colour with confidence

For more than 25 years I've been thinking about how to make colour dynamic and inspiring in the garden. When I started growing flowers for cutting, the almost universal taste was for pale pastel politeness.<p>There was a generally diminished sense of what might be beautiful in a garden or even in a …

Best Houseplants: 9 Indoor Plants for Low Light

Indoor plants is an oxymoron. The most important thing to know about plants: they prefer to live outdoors. You will never see a botanical description …

5 plants and flowers that will help you sleep better

Add these pretty florals and greenery to your bedroom to ensure you get the best night's rest possible.<p>Sleep, or lack of, is one of the biggest …

The Best Plants For Gardeners Who Lack a Green Thumb Photos

A garden bursting with vibrant flowers and lush greenery—and ideally a few fruits and vegetables—is a pleasure for all the senses. There's the intoxicating fragrance of a blossom, the velvety softness of a new leaf, the lazy buzzing of bees, and the unforgettable flavor of the season's first …

Alys Fowler: top tips for growing rhubarb

It’s a myth that rhubarb can grow in deep shade: it’s a woodland edge plant and some sun makes for the tastiest stems<p>Most of us inherit our rhubarb from the previous gardener or the gardener before that, or even the one before that. A healthy rhubarb plant can live for a very long time. But what is …

Tree pruning 101: the right tools to use and the best way to make cuts | NOLA.com

Almost every tree needs to be pruned at some point in its life. Sometimes a tree may need to be trimmed to help it, such as dealing with storm …

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The best sweet peas for cutting

Lured in by their perfume as a child, Roger Parsons has been growing sweetpeas for more than 30 years. He now holds a National Collection of 1,300 varieties of <i>Lathyrus odoratus</i> and every year he grows 200 or 300 different varieties. He is always on the lookout for standout characteristics – an …

Alys Fowler: give straggly soft fruit bushes a new lease of life

Want to turn awkward-looking things into something elegant and useful? Make them into standards<p>Perhaps it is because they are tart, or because gooseberry fool and redcurrant vinegar aren’t half as popular as they should be, but redcurrants and gooseberries are the most neglected of the soft fruit …

How To Plant Succulents in Containers

Easy-to-plant succulents survive both drought and heat; they practically take care of themselves!<p>Easy-to-plant succulents—from every variety of cacti …

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How to make your garden an Airbnb for nesting birds

Forget Valentine’s Day, February 14 is the start of National Nestbox Week – an opportunity to look at your garden and see if you could do more to help nesting birds, especially those struggling to survive in the countryside.<p>But do you love birds enough to transform your home for them?<p>When Tanya and …

Hot on the trail of those elusive gold snowdrops

Every serious “snow-dropper” has a “wants” list containing perhaps five varieties that are in short supply and therefore mega- expensive. We chase them as fervently as Arthurian knights in pursuit of the Holy Grail, while trying to maintain a dignified front that prevents us from making too …

The ace of spades... and other essential tools: Every gardener needs a collection of decent tools, and now’s the time to sort them out for the year ahead, says Monty Don

Although I cannot claim to be an expert handyman, I am a man who relishes hand tools of all kinds and will go to great lengths to find ones that look …

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Gardening 101: Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth, <i>Muscari</i>: “Needs a Firm Hand”<p>With a striking resemblance to budding hyacinths—in miniature—grape hyacinths need to be carefully placed …