Enjoy some inspiring gardening reads during the summer break. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Looking for some green-fingered reading material to enjoy on that longed-for summer break? Here’s a look at some of the best new gardening books. Wit(...)

Horticultural entertainment and inspiration for gardeners. Photograph: Getty Images

In need of some horticultural entertainment? From ruminations on the sex life of yuccas to philosophical musings on the naffness – or not – of alstroe(...)

Close-up of the delicate spring flowering, black cherry plum blossom also known as Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’,

If you’re a keen gardener, then you’re already probably familiar with that strange emotion that some call plantlust. Like a horticultural cupid’s arr(...)

Artfully pruned: the branches of the deciduous conifer Larix decidua frame herbaceous planting in June Blake’s garden in west Co Wicklow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Like many gardeners of a certain vintage, I’m possessed of a lifelong aversion to conifers (or at least most conifers) that has been difficult to shak(...)

Wild-flower meadow. Photograph: Moment/Getty

Ask a group of gardeners what picture is conjured up in their mind’s eye when you say the word “meadow” and their answers will be surprisingly diverse(...)

View along the double herbaceous border at Altamont’s walled garden in Co Carlow, which is managed by nurseryman Robert Miller. Photograph: Richard Johnston

There are some gardens that slowly seep into your soul to occupy a special place in your affections. Altamont in Ballon, Co Carlow, the former home of(...)

Colourful cast-concrete handmade planters designed by Dublin-based Ail+El

Gifts under €25 For gardeners who lose track of time, what about a Hexham outdoor/waterproof clock that can be popped discreetly into the border? (mr(...)