Young sweet-pea plants climbing up willow supports

Spring, they say, is the time for new beginnings, and nowhere more so than in the garden. So if you’re in need of some inspiration, here are some idea(...)

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(...)

Wicklow gardener and nursery owner June Blake planting up a vintage cast-iron pot with a selection of choice summer-flowering perennials

Tired of the same old ideas as regards the perfect summer container? Trying to think of a more perennial, sustainable solution to the challenge of pr(...)

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Christmas turkey and figgy pudding? Can’t wait to finally hear some sleigh-bells in the snow, rather than the steady dr(...)

I’m having a ‘meadow’ moment. Actually, not so much a moment as a sustained yen for my very own ‘pictorial meadow’ – the term first coined by profe(...)

Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’

If the summer garden is like a glass of Champagne, then flowering annuals are its fizz, its sparkle, its fun. Used with flair and imagination, they(...)

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 ((...)

An assortment of tomatoes including ‘Polen’ and ‘Dr Carolyn Pink’. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Top 10 tomatoes

W hen s omeone asked me recently to name the perfect tomato, my reply was “perf(...)

Viburnum tinus ‘Lisa Rose’.  Photograph: Richard Johnston
Late winter sparkle

Three minutes and 15 seconds – this, according to the strangely addictive website timeanddate.com, is the extra daylight that Irish gardeners (to be m(...)