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(...)

Sheltered beneath that all-important protective skin of glass or polythene sheeting, plants enjoy a modified microclimate that facilitates growth.

If you’re the proud owner of a polytunnel or glasshouse, then you’ll already know that undercover gardening marches to the beat of a very different dr(...)

House plants decoratively displayed are a favourite with Instagrammers

Care to hazard a guess as to the rising stars of social media in this digitally-obsessed age of ours? No, it’s not the cosmetically-enhanced wannabes (...)

The violet, drumstiock flowers of Allium ‘Globemaster’ , an early summer flowering bulbous plant.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

If someone suggested that you should spend your hard-earned money on something that looks distinctly unappealing and then expend quite a bit of physic(...)

27/06/2018- Home and Design .. One of the country’s best known gardeners Helen Dillon pictured in the garden of her new home in Monkstown, Co.Dublin . Photograph: Bryan O'Brien / The Irish TimesKeywords: garden flower plant planting property

When Helen Dillon and her husband, antiques specialist Val Dillon, announced in 2016 that they were putting their Ranelagh home up for sale, many hear(...)

A small informal herb garden

Ask any seasoned kitchen gardener pressed for time and growing space to name a group of plants that combine impressive productivity and general all-ro(...)

A Cork reader asks for advice on how to give her garden pond a makeover: “Help! While our small garden pond has given us immense pleasure over the ye(...)

A carport surrounded by flowers, as seen at Bloom in 2014.

Continuing our mini-series where I temporarily don the hat of horticultural agony aunt, this week’s query is from a reader in Dublin. “Help! While we(...)

A vibrant combination of pink comsos, scarlet roses and purple lythrum growing in Helen Dillon’s old garden in Ranelagh a few years ago. Photograph:   Richard Johnston

Is there any other topic more subjective – or more divisive – to gardeners than colour in terms of how we perceive it, enjoy it and use it in our gard(...)