The edible flowers of pot marigolds. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The very best gardens are those that feed the mind, body and soul. An example is the pint-sized kitchen roof garden which I spotted on a recent tri(...)

‘Salvia Amistad’ and ‘Cerro Potosi’; growing together in an Irish garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I have a new love in my life; no, not the human variety , but a vast, versatile and geographically diverse genus of plants that are extraordinarily(...)

 “Darkness into Light – The Pieta House Garden”, a medium-sized show garden which was designed by Niall Maxwell and which features a mural by Joe Caslin. Photograph: Richard Johnston 2:44

‘Darkness Into Light’ Pieta House Garden The brilliant Irish street artist and illustrator Joe Caslin made the cover of the New York Times newspa(...)

Dan Pearson, whose Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden won the title of Best in Show Garden

1 Water, whether used in rills, streams, jets, cascades, “rain curtains”, formal pools, wells or natural swimming ponds, featured in most of the sh(...)

Most of us have eaten some part of a wild plant at some point in our lives, whether it’s a fistful of sun-ripened blackberries from a sunny hedgero(...)

Sligo-based gardener, writer and designer Lorely Forrester, who will be building her first Bloom show garden later this month. Photograph: Fionn Rogers

It’s not easy bringing a show garden to life. Ask those who’ve succeeded, and they’ll confirm that it requires steady nerves, patience and time, al(...)

 Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co Wicklow, from The Irish Garden by Jane Powers. Photograph: Jonathan Hession

Follies, fancies, fields of dreams, rambles through the rare and spectacular, visits to the gardens of passionate plantspeople as well as those “ca(...)

A Victorian iron ‘Famine Pot’ used as as planter, with orange T. vvedenskyi ‘Henry Hudson’ in Angela Jupe’s Offaly garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Using architectural salvage and occasional vintage pieces in the garden in combination with up-cycled or unconventional building materials has alwa(...)

Meet the Tomtato: You say tomato, I say potato . . . but now meet the “tomtato”. Gardeners have taken to this strange plant in a big way. Its ‘(...)

The ‘smarties bed’ in June Blake’s Co Wicklow garden last year, filled with ‘Burgundy’, ‘Ballerina’, ‘Negrita’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Bastagne Parrot’ tulips. Photograph: Richard Johnston

There are moments, such as in the middle of an ice-cold, stone-hard winter, when it feels as if time has slowed to a frozen standstill in the garde(...)