The Well Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith

For the last month the voice of Sue Stuart-Smith has accompanied me on eleven and a half hours of car journeys to and from gar

How to make an Aeonium arboreum branch (part three)

I’ve been asked a lot over the last couple of years for an update on my Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ and cutt

How to support vegetables and flowers

I thought I’d jot down some quick notes about how I am supporting the plants that need it on my allotment this year. Thi

RHS’ The Gardener’s Book of Patterns: a directory of design, style and inspiration

The Gardener’s Book of Patterns, published for the RHS (out now) is a source book of ideas for any gardener interested i

How to grow annual Persicaria orientalis from seed

One of the Persicaria we’re not judging on the RHS Persicaria Trial Forum is Persicaria orientalis because it’s an

How to grow organic rhubarb and cook it – the tastiest around!

I love rhubarb. I love its flavour and I love how easy it is to grow. I always recommend planting rhubarb before anything else

How to prune salvias – three pruning groups

A group of plants I grow a lot in my own garden and in my clients’ garden designs is the perennial Salvias. Salvias are

How to divide a miniature water lily

Not everyone has a miniature water lily but they really should! Easy to grow in any still water at a depth of about 30 –

11 ideas to grow your way through Coronavirus self-isolation boredom

Supermarkets have plenty of food to see us all through the coronavirus (covid-19) but in the likely event of having to go thro

How to grow organic purple sprouting broccoli and cook it

It wasn’t until I started growing my own vegetables I even clocked that purple sprouting broccoli existed. In the superm

A year in vegetable, fruit and herb photos

We’re taught not to play with our food but WHATEVS, I love arranging veg to show them at their beautiful best before pre

How to grow Begonia leaf cuttings

I love leafy begonias with their wonderful patterns, colours and shapes. In fact, I can’t have enough of them. The only

Wild about Weeds: Garden Design with Rebel Plants

Gardening Book of the Year 2019 – The Times10 Best Gardening Books of Spring 2020 – The IndependentBest Gardening

6 Gardening podcasts worth a listen

In my Telegraph column this week I highlighted a number of allotment and kitchen garden podcasts that are good for timely grow

October is a great time to divide perennials

One of my favourite things to do in the year is divide perennials in autumn. You can actually divide most perennials at any ti

Book Review: the Garden Jungle: or Gardening to Save the Planet by Dave Goulson

The garden I’d love to visit the most at the moment is Dave Goulson’s… and not purely for his homemade cider

11 things learnt at Homeacres with Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty

On our recent trip to Somerset Chris and I caught up with Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty at the private mecca of no di

How to support dahlias for borders, pots and cutting

I’ve often written that in some ways growing dahlias well is the easiest thing in the world and by equal measure, tricky

How to prune a Cordyline australis

Here’s my guide to pruning / pollarding a Cordyline australis: chop it down to whatever height you want and it will grow

Different ways to grow from seed

I don’t know how it’s happened but I seem to have used up all of my pots and seed trays. I don’t feel I̵

How to take hardwood cuttings for free plants

Many trees and shrubs can be grown from hardwood cuttings, roses being one of the most common examples. Exactly as you’d

Grow your own, change YOUR world

I was reading the BBC’s seven charts on climate change article and one major thing scientists say will offset increasing

8 tips to demystify growing Begonias as houseplants

When I first started going to garden events like RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the first thing I was drawn to was the begonia displ

Crocks in pots: what is the myth, that they do or don’t work?

For decades gardeners around the world have added crocks – broken bits of terracotta pot or polystyrene – to the b

National Dahlia Society Annual Show 2018, RHS Wisley

Is it just me or are there fewer yellow dahlias at the National Dahlia Society Annual Show this year? “Bryn Terfel”

Control meadow grass using parasitic yellow rattle, Rhinanthus minor

Many meadows have one problem: overly vigorous grasses. If soil is even a little too rich or too moist, grasses enjoy the cond

Outdoor mini aubergines for pots and containers in small spaces

Here I show you the small aubergine plants I’ve been growing in pots at home and in a row on my allotment. I love them!

Video of giant dahlia ‘Emory Paul’

One of the first dahlias we grew was ‘Emory Paul’ and it’s come back every year better than ever. This year

Pot’s Growing On: creating space, sunflower for foliage and ornamental aubergine

Stepping out into our garden one morning this week was different. Not least because we had 1.2cm of rain last weekend, literal

How to grow Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ can be seen flowering in our garden in the above photo (2015) and below (2018). This ye

How to make a micro wildlife pond in a pot

When we open our garden for charity on the National Garden Scheme one thing people always comment on is our micro pond with it

10 no nonsense tips to jazz up your small city garden this summer

Ah, waking up to summer in the city. The sound of sirens and drunk people ringing your doorbell at 5am birds chirping. You rea

How to grow Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’ from seed

A couple of years ago RHS Chelsea Flower Show was filled with a new flower, Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’.

11 Chelsea plant combinations you can try at home

Like my 15 Sensational Plantings to Recreate from Chelsea article last year I’m hoping to breakdown the myth that you ca

Robot lawn mowers, battery operated gardening tools and other tech at the Garden Press Event

I attended the Garden Press Event for the first time this year and it was a wonderful meet-up for the gardening bloggers, jour

12 plants that add COLOUR-POW to your garden in winter

If your garden doesn’t look something like the above right now, it’s time to act! Plan now to add a little sparkle

Collecting seeds from Leonotis nepetifolia

Over the last few years I’ve been growing Leonotis nepetifolia (thanks to Jonathan Gregson for correcting the species in

How to make an Aeonium arboreum branch (Part Two)

A year ago I experimented with nipping out the growing point of my Aeonium ‘Zwartkop‘ to make it branch. It w

DAHLIAGEDDON

It’s mid-November and some of our Dahlias in the garden are still flowering, just. This follows an absolutely epic windf

Propagating Hippeastrum from offset bulbs

Hippeastrum (incorrectly called Amarylis by shops for some reason) are amazing indoor plants that flower in Winter / early Spr

Gardening jobs to do in October: harvesting, bulb planting, propagation by dividing, cutting and sowing

If like me, you may have been coasting along on a post-summer ‘put your feet up’. Well, I’ve got news for yo

Dividing a Pilea peperomioides

How to divide Pilea peperomioides to give to your friends and family while keeping the Pilea legend alive. 

Box tree caterpillar plague in Clapham, London

It’s usually around this time of year, just as our good ship The Garden puts its rockets into nitro that problems start

15 sensational plant combinations you can try at home from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

One of my bugbears around Chelsea time are the naysayers proclaiming the gardens are unrealistic and impossible to recreate at

Dry winter and spring, what does it mean for summer?

Note: since the day I published this the heavens opened dumping over 4cm of water in 72 hours in south London. So for us at le

Allotment: weed suppressant membrane – beating weeds organically

Month 13: my allotment has expanded a bit this year as I’ve taken on some unused adjacent plot. This is thick with grass

How to make an Aeonium arboreum branch (part one)

Last year I ordered a small Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ from an independent nursery off of eBay. In the summer it

My Tiny Indoor Garden by Lia Leendertz

Earlier in the year Lia Leendertz and Mark Diacono popped over to talk about and photograph our indoor plants for their new bo

Does peat free compost work?

Between 2015- 2016 I put peat free compost to the ultimate test, I only used peat free compost for every single plant I grew.

Dividing a fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

I want more ferns for our fern wall and some of our ferns are ripe for dividing. After breaking the bank with our flat renov