David Austin

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Few plants can beat the rose for its intensity and richness of scent plus the sensuous beauty of its blooms. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Is a summer garden truly a summer garden without roses? Many would say it’s not. Certainly, few plants can beat the rose for its intensity and richnes(...)

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Few things feel more counter-intuitive to a gardener than the annual late winter/early spring ritual that is rose pruning. Because if you want your ro(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

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(...)

Lamber de Bie with the bouquets he’s created ahead of the Royal wedding. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Royal weddings are so exciting but as a florist there is an extra thrill as I try to predict the style and structure the wedding flowers will take. I(...)

Right now is a great time to plant both bare-root and potted rose plants, focusing on only the best, most disease-resistant, strongly scented cultivars. Photograph: Getty Images

“A rose is a rose is a rose . . .” All my gardening life, my attitude to growing these shrubby plants has been an ambivalent one. So, not quite on th(...)

Black Hamburg grapes ripening in the Richard Turner-designed peachhouse in the gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin

“The sweetest grapes hang highest” goes that famous old proverb. Except, of course, if you happen to garden in Ireland, in which case the sweetest gr(...)

Diarmuid Gavin’s silver-gilt winning garden.

By now you’ll almost certainly know that the grand old lady of international horticulture that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show once again waved her ma(...)

Denis O’Brien: An interview with the businessman has yet to take place but will be sought. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Criminal Assets Bureau will look to interview businessman Denis O’Brien about the findings of the Moriarty tribunal report after it has gathered f(...)

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(...)

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