Huntingbrook

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Jimi Blake in his west Wicklow garden, Hunting Brook. Photograph: Sean Jackson

He’s been described by the Telegraph newspaper as one of the world’s “new plant gurus” and is chums with Monty Don (the mellifluous-voiced presenter o(...)

Persicaria ampexicaulis ‘fat Domino’.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Most keen gardeners can rattle off a list of the popular hardy perennials that act as the colourful mainstays of the late summer garden. Well-known e(...)

Giverny, France - June 8th, 2017: Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, in the background the house of Monet can be seen. Photograph: Getty Images

Heading off abroad on holidays this summer and hoping to include a visit to one of Europe’s great gardens? I asked some of the country’s most seasoned(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

Watering cans at the ready. There are many rain barrels/water butts, which can be easily sourced from good garden centres and local authorities.  Photo Credit Richard Johnston

Phew. It’s finally over. Or at least it’s over for now. By which I mean this summer’s prolonged drought and searing temperatures, a testing time for (...)

How does any novice gardener transform the dirty, grey soil of what was up until recently a busy building site, into the kind of crumbly, chocolate-coloured growing medium in which plants will happily grow?

In last week’s column, I wrote about the many challenges of designing and planting a small garden. But what of the special challenges presented by a b(...)

Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ flowering in the Dublin garden of Helen Dillon. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I feel as if I’ve spent the past few weeks coveting other people’s hydrangeas. I’ve covertly pulled up outside old farmhouse gardens to ogle “mophead(...)

Jimi Blake’s garden, Hunting Brook in west Wicklow.

We’re lucky to live in a country that’s rich in beautiful gardens, created by generations of passionate plantspeople. This is the time of year when ma(...)

I won’t tell you what horticulturally-themed horrors I stumbled across while researching this week’s column, except to say if you are unlucky en(...)

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

I could start off this week’s column with a Grinch-like list of gifts that the nation’s gardeners are hoping not to find under the tree this year ((...)