A snowdrop emerges from its bulb. File photograph: Getty

Brexit. Is there any other word that provokes such a potent mix of anxiety, ennui, fury and despair? As gardeners it’s made us realise how much we’ve (...)

Jimi Blake in his west Wicklow garden, Hunting Brook. Photograph: Sean Jackson

He’s been described by the Telegraph newspaper as one of the world’s “new plant gurus” and is chums with Monty Don (the mellifluous-voiced presenter o(...)

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(...)

Fig tree: originating in Asia Minor, the culinary fig (Ficus carica) is  one of the earliest species of fruit cultivated by humankind. Photograph:  BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Ever since childhood I’ve had something of a mild obsession with ripe, garden-grown figs, a fruit that seemed more the stuff of Victorian gardening bo(...)

Tanguy de Toulgoët at Dunmore Country School. Photograph: Richard Johnston

At a time when there is much talk of rewilding our gardens as a natural means of counteracting climate change, it’s cheering to know there are people (...)

Dahlias: Dahlias are notorious for the ease with which the tubers of different varieties can accidentally get mixed-up. Photograph: Getty

August is a time of full and plenty in the garden when plots are brimming with homegrown produce and lots of late summer/early autumn flowering plants(...)

Not exactly instagrammable: Conor Pope with ‘the ferny thing I fed orange juice to’. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

The lowest point came when I force fed one of my plants orange juice. I may not be the most green-fingered of folk – despite the fact that I come from(...)

We must turn lawns into meadows to encourage threatened pollinators. Photograph:  Getty

I was planning to do some strimming when my wife said we should plant Comfrey. Eager for distraction I looked it up. A bit like a mauve bluebell, it’s(...)

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(...)

TJ Maher in his garden Patthana in Co Wicklow, planting summer containers. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What’s the secret to creating a brilliantly colourful, pollinator-friendly display of summer pots that will still look as good in late September as it(...)

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