Beth Chatto

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Ajuga reptans are suited to heavy, claggy soil. Photograph: iStock

Unlike us humans, a surprisingly wide range of plant species love to live in a cool, damp soil. This is, of course, great news for many Irish gardener(...)

Des Doyle  in the gravel gardens of Lavistown House. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

It was back in 1993, as a young goldsmith recently arrived in Stuttgart to take up an apprenticeship with the master goldsmith Gerald Heinrich, that K(...)

Jennifer Jewell: “I see hope and value in a self-sustaining cycle of living with plants, loving plants, learning plants, growing plants, knowing plants, interpreting plants.”  Photograph:  John Whittlesey

  We all have our heroes and it’s not surprising so many of mine belong in one way or another to the world of plants. They include gardeners, de(...)

Sarah Price’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 garden. Photograph: Clare Takacs

Subtle, thoughtful and planet-friendly, there is a delicacy and intelligence to the work of the British garden designer Sarah Price – one of the key s(...)

Wild about Weeds, Garden Design with Rebel Plants by  Jack Wallington

The late Beth Chatto revolutionised the gardening world with her ecological approach to garden design as well as with her painterly eye for subtle, un(...)

Tulip ‘Absalon’. Photograph: Jacque Amand

When I recently mentioned to a non-gardening friend that I needed to order my spring-flowering bulbs before all the “must-have” varieties sold out, sh(...)

Take advantage of any dry weather over the coming weeks to tidy up around the garden.

If ever there was proof that the very best gardeners are often also the oldest gardeners, then it’s in this year’s crop of gardening books. These off(...)

I won’t tell you what horticulturally-themed horrors I stumbled across while researching this week’s column, except to say if you are unlucky en(...)

Great Dixter, East Sussex; August 2012, from The New English Garden, by Tim Richardson. Photograph: Andrew Lawson
Grounds to note

I’ve ordered myself a notebook. Not any old notebook, mind you, but a proper, grown-up Moleskine notebook of the kind once beloved of the late travel (...)