Hone your creative skills by planting a living willow structure such as a dome, arch or arbour. Photograph: iStock

1. Make some leaf mould As autumn leaves come tumbling down, now is the time to put that natural beauty to good use in your garden or allotment. Leaf(...)

The annual autumn rite of bulb planting is an important period in the gardener’s calendar

In the turning of a gardening year, September is the month of reckonings and new beginnings, of bittersweet farewells and fresh starts. Few feel fresh(...)

Peony in flower. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

In the turning of an Irish gardening year, I always think of October as the gateway month, its weeks filled with the bittersweet beauty of autumnal de(...)

Now is the  time to rifle through the pages of the new crop of seed catalogues. Photograph: Richard Johnston

January- that mournful month of small, grey days and an invalid sun that hangs low and weak in the winter sky - is never an easy time of the year for (...)

Delicate flowers: no summer garden is complete with sweet pea’s ruffled, ephemeral beauty. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Hauntingly beautiful, intensely perfumed, floriferous, colourful and surprisingly easy to grow, sweet pea has few rivals among flowering plants for my(...)