The golden flower heads of Stipa gigantea

Some people hate late February but not me. It gives us hellebores with flowers the colour of ballet shoes, crushed strawberries, storm-clouds and cuc(...)

Niamh O’Donohoe, the young National Botanic Gardens-trained horticulturist

What does it take to make a career as a professional horticulturist? A strong back? Green fingers? A love of nature and of working alone outdoors? A w(...)

A Japanese acer in brilliant autumn colour in Heen Dillon’s old garden. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

When is the best time to plant a tree? So goes the proverbial question, to which the killer punchline of a proverbial answer – “Twenty years ago . . (...)

An armful of freshly picked summer flowering hardy annuals. Photograph: Richard Johnston

One of the valuable gardening lessons that this summer’s fierce drought taught me as a flower farmer florist – and it taught me quite a few – is the i(...)

As long as the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged, March is a good time to plant lily bulbs. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If I had to single out a particular group of plants that shouts 21st-century gardening, it would be ornamental grasses. Just think of all those dreamy(...)

‘Raising plants from seed has a lot to do with dodging some common pitfalls and following a few immutable rules of horticulture.’ File photograph: Getty Images

If I had a euro for every time I’ve been asked to share the secrets of raising plants from seed, I’d be . . . well, not exactly rich, but certainly po(...)

The raw ingredients that Hanna Heubach of Hanako uses in this seasonal piece are the kind that you might find growing in the garden or could forage for in local hedgerows or woodlands.

I’m a lover of all things seasonal, foraged and locally grown, especially when it comes to decorating the home for Christmas. So, too, is Hanna Heubac(...)

Leafy foliage plants growing in the shady Dublin space of garden designer Bernard Hickie. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Continuing our Horticultural Agony Aunt’ mini-series... “Help! While my small, shady garden looks okay during the summer months, it turns into a mess(...)

A mixed basket of tulips from Angela Jupe’s garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s tulip time. Or rather, it’s time to buy or order bulbs of any of the best varieties of tulips if you want to have a snowball’s chance in hell of (...)

A bouquet of Irish flowers: many brides to be want  to use of seasonal Irish-grown flowers for their bouquets and to have a personal hand in growing them. Photograph: Joseph Carr

More than a quarter of Irish marriages take place during July-August. I say this because those same two months also happen to be among the most flori(...)