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Planting in any great border inevitably includes flowers with spikes and spires. Photograph: Getty

Stars, bobbles, clouds, umbels, saucers, trumpets, plumes, globes, bells ... these are just some of the words we use to describe the flowers growing i(...)

Groves of giant rhododendrons drip with Jack in the Beanstalk-sized blossoms at Kilmacurragh gardens in Wicklow.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Visiting any garden after the endless nothingness of lockdown number three feels strange. But visiting Kilmacurragh National Botanic Gardens in east W(...)

Hardier plants can go into the ground in April.  Photograph: Getty

For those of us who like to grow at least a little of our own food, no month of the gardening year is busier than April. There are vegetable beds to b(...)

toss A COIN OVER WHETHER OR NOT TO MOW THE LAWN, GROW YOUR OWN POTATOES OR JUST START CLIMBING THE WALLS 1: Sow hardy annuals Late March/early (...)

Morning glory has short-lived but spectacularly decorative, trumpet-shaped flowers.

If you enjoy fast gardening, try sowing seeds for sweet pea, morning glory and black-eyed susan this spring In much the same way I enjoy th(...)

The enduringly popular Verbena bonariensis, a perennial species, gives tall, slender flower stems topped with tight clusters of pollinator-friendly, indigo-purple blooms. Photograph: FlowerPhotos/Universal Images Group via Getty

If there’s one gardening ritual that truly marks the beginning of spring, it is surely seed-sowing. In the case of most gardeners, the kind that we re(...)

Klaus Laitenberger

More than three decades after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster sent a cloud of radioactive dust drifting across Europe, Klaus Laitenberger can stil(...)

Late February is a great time to sow tomato seed  for planting out in late spring/early summer. Photograph: Getty Images

1. Tackle early tomatoes Did you know that tomatoes are also known as ‘pommes d’amour’ or ‘apples of love’? Late February is a great time to sow seed(...)

This is a good time of the year to trim and prune many bushes and trees

Feel like getting your hands dirty? Here are ten ways to kick off the new gardening year. January is Health Month in The Irish Times. Throu(...)

 Cox Pippin apple and orange display market stall display in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Take the convoluted, far-reaching consequences of a global pandemic. Add the painful, messy divorce that is Brexit. The result is a perfect storm for (...)

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