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(...)

 In a small town garden,  deep shade can often be cast by overlooking buildings or neighbouring trees, but shady gardens can be magnificent, leafy places with a special charm all their own. Photograph from 'New Small Garden' by Noel Kingsbury (Frances Lincoln), with photography by Maayke de Ridder

My first garden was very small but it was in this tiny, dry but sheltered Dublin garden that I learned a host of valuable, if painful, lessons about h(...)

Get the gardener in your life a book they will ahve forever

I’ve really enjoyed browsing through the pages of The Irish Garden by Jane Powers (£40, hardback, Frances Lincoln). Beautifully produced, artfully wr(...)

Sculptural foliage of silver leafed Astelia, Schefflera hoi and tree ferns growing in the city garden of designer Bernard Hickie. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Like most people, I don’t have a woodland garden. Which is not to say that I don’t have plenty of shady spots in the garden that are eminently suitabl(...)

 Oyster mushrooms being grown by Andrew Douglas of Dublin’s Urban Farm and Mushroom City in Dublin. Photograph: Richard Johnston
A lab in the dark

If you’ve ever gone foraging for wild mushrooms, then you might agree with me when I say that it’s an experience loaded with more than just the occasi(...)

Andrea Jones photographing the gardens at Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Flick through the pages of any glossy British or American gardening magazine and you’ll almost certainly come across the work of award-winning photogr(...)

A garden in West Cork by Piet Oudolf: he also designed the High Line park in New York

[FEATDROP5]If there is a garden style that defines the opening decades of this century, it’s surely the movement towards a more naturalistic approach (...)