A pitted history of the olive

'The Olive Orchard’ (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh
©Bridgeman

A look at the deep and diverse mythology surrounding ‘the first of all trees’

Digitalis purpurea

Skyscraper plants to transform a garden’s skyline

Foxgloves, delphiniums, lupins and verbascums can all add height to lowly flower borders

The garden at Petworth House, Sussex
©Brotherton-Lock

The countess gardener of Petworth House

Caroline Egremont’s work at the Sussex stately home shows she is one of the best designers and planters of her generation

Wild flower meadow garden with camassia, buttercup and dandelion, and Highgrove in the distance
©GAP Photos

A tour of Highgrove Gardens

‘To the Prince, my use of handy weedkillers is a quick-fix approach out of harmony with the environment’

Wild flower meadow garden with camassia, buttercup and dandelion, and Highgrove in the distance
©GAP Photos

‘Feed the soul’ at Highgrove

The gardens where the Prince of Wales expects what he preaches to be practised

Melbourne Hall

The gifts of time

Derbyshire’s Melbourne Hall might be England’s best surviving Queen Anne garden, but it hasn’t stood still

Hedgerows near the village of Niton on the Isle of Wight
©4Corners

The importance of Britain’s hedgerows

The unfarmed borders of fields help maintain biodiversity and shape our countryside

David Austin Roses display at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show
©Victoria Birkinshaw

Midsummer roses and other voluptuaries

The beauty queens have made an early, but welcome, entrance

The threat to topiary favourite Buxus

New techniques are being developed to protect the box hedge in the fight against blight

Iris Marron Chaud
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Bearded beauties: the best irises to grow in the UK

French and English growers share their expertise on which varieties are best suited to gardens north of the Channel

Lost plots reinvented

Can important heritage plots be given a viable future beyond the restoration and preservation model?

Box clever

A little ingenuity will help with plant containers to ensure huge returns, value and long seasons

Life on the open road

The great indoors

‘I am really enjoying this year’s Chelsea Flower Show but it is a bipolar experience’

Chelsea special: just what the doctor ordered

Gardening may not appeal to exercise junkies, but it will contribute to the health of anyone over 50

Chelsea special: show business

A selection of the latest plants and products for sale at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea special: sun down, lights up

From oil lamps to solar lights, gardens have been illuminated for centuries, but information on the subject often remains in the shadows

Chelsea special: speed the plough

From Chelsea Barracks to allotments in New Orleans, the market garden movement is gathering momentum

Chelsea special: pioneer of the arid aesthetic

The dry garden of 105-year-old Ruth Bancroft – the doyenne of desert planting

Chelsea special: illustrations of the invisible

The golden age of botanical art was rooted in 18th-century scientific discovery – today’s artists are looking beyond the visual