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(...)

Verney Naylor-designed garden and boathouse at the West Cork home of Lord and Lady Puttnam

Vast, golden beaches, salty summer breezes, anemone-filled rock pools and sand in your toes: what would summer be without at least one trip to the sea(...)

Dahlia ‘Twyning’s Revel’. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Dazzling dahlias

Is there anything quite as delicious looking as a dahlia flower? Or a genus of plants quite as varied or as versatile? In the kitchen garden I grow a (...)

Towels and togs are hanging up on railings, drying in the sunshine along the terraces and lanes of Monkstown. Happy shouts of swimmers at Seapoint (...)

Champion sweet pea grower and allotment expert John Warren. Photograph: Richard Johnston

This is the month when I want to holler at Mother Nature to hold on for just one second. Or two. The month, as it slips so quickly through my fingers,(...)

Tulips growing in dustbins

It’s the flower that was introduced into Europe by the charismatic Flemish diplomat Augier Ghislain de Busbecq, the flower that supposedly almost b(...)