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(...)

Willow weaver Beth Murphy at work in her country garden on County Kildare. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Whimsy ... not only do I love it as a word but I also like it in a garden, where it brings an air of playful, joyful irreverence. For the same reas(...)

Medical herbalist Kelli O’Halloran. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Of all the plants that I grow in the garden, there are a few that are particularly dear to my heart. Among them are pot marigolds (Calendula officinal(...)