Joyce Russell: lifelong gardening passion began in her childhood in the Yorkshire dales. Photograph: Ben Russell

If there’s one lesson that gardening teaches – and in truth it teaches many – it’s that none of us comes into this world a great gardener; instead we (...)

Close-up of the delicate spring flowering, black cherry plum blossom also known as Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’,

If you’re a keen gardener, then you’re already probably familiar with that strange emotion that some call plantlust. Like a horticultural cupid’s arr(...)

Seamus O’Brien, head gardener at National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh – and now author

Have you ever paused to wonder where the plants that grow in our Irish gardens and parks originally come from? It might be a surprise to learn that s(...)

Freshly harvested courgettes sit next to nasturtiums in an Irish garden. Photo credit Richard Johnsto

If you’re a keen kitchen gardener, you’ll know it has been an exceptionally challenging year for people who like to grow a little of their own food, f(...)

Astrantia ‘Gill Richardson’. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Are you in search of long-flowering, easy-to-grow plants that will add oodles of oomph to your June garden? The sorts that experienced gardeners refer(...)

Time to get the garden ready for summer. Getty

 Few things remind us more forcefully of the fleeting, quicksand nature of time than a garden, especially the last few months where spring lasted(...)

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Ask a non-gardener if they know of the deep-rooted cultural connection between Ireland and the genus of plants known as Camellia and your question is (...)

Colour groupings make for better borders

They say you never forget your first love. For me, it was perennials. After a childhood of sullen rockeries, squat conifers and dreary heather beds, a(...)

Ireland’s moist climate is ideal for slugs

We need to talk about slugs. Worse still, we need to talk about the sex life of slugs. Yes, yes, I know, as subject matters go, it’s about as alluring(...)

There’s no shame calling in the experts to help with some of the really heavy work

Remember the promise you made to yourself some time last summer when you realised with a sharp pang of regret that your garden wasn’t looking as well (...)

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