In bloom: the rear of 45 Sandford Terrace, Ranelagh

The arrival to the market of one of Dublin’s most celebrated properties marks the end of a golden gardening era. When people hear that Ireland’s fore(...)

The reliably perennial, late-summer flowering Gladiolus ‘Ruby’ growing with eryngiums and diascias in Helen Dillon’s Dublin garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Tucked away inside the pages of an old family album is a photograph of my grandfather’s back garden, taken on a late summer’s day some time in the la(...)

An arrangement of David Austin roses, sweet pea and alchemilla from Fionnuala’s garden last summer. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Roses, if a recent survey by Bord Bia is to be believed, are the nation’s favourite garden flower. Certainly, all that’s required is a stroll down an(...)

I have written before about the special pleasure that comes with making your own Christmas arrangements, using materials foraged from the hedgerow as (...)

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(...)

Sheltered from the main part of Sandford Road by a fenced in coppice, the houses on Sandford Terrace, somewhat confusingly also known as Sandford R(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

A massed planting of Betula ‘Fascination’ in Helen Dillon’s Dublin front garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Gardening: Time to hug the trees

I am a tree hugger. In fact, I might as well nail my colours to the mast right now and say that I see nothing wrong – and an awful lot right – with(...)

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

Freshly harvested kale. Photograph: Getty Images
Forever greens

On the vague off chance that you haven’t yet noticed, might I mention the fact that kale is trending? Once dismissed as tasteless fodder crops, this l(...)