Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Arrangement of early vegetables.

If you like growing your own food, then you’ll know all too well that April-May is the busiest time of the growing year, requiring Irish kitchen garde(...)

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(...)

Mature trees and shrubs such as these shown growing in Helen Dillon’s old Dublin garden are an important part of the charm of established gardens. Photo graph: Richard Johnston

Help! We’ve very excited to have recently bought an old house with its own existing garden. We’re about to begin renovation works on the building and (...)

‘Long-tailed tits feeding from a bird feeder in an Irish garden. Photograph:  Oran O’Sullivan

The first time I spotted a woodpecker feeding from a peanut feeder in our family garden, I wondered if I was hallucinating. An agitated flurry of fea(...)