North American border perennials at Hermannshof botanical garden south of Frankfurt

Flower gardening has perennial possibilities

‘Natural’ plantings in Germany and the Czech Republic show how new ideas can blossom

Lilium Pearl Jennifer; Lilium Muscadet; Gladiolus nanus Charm
©Visions; Jonathan Buckley; J S Sira/Gap Garde

Summer-flowering bulbs for containers

Many gardeners now have to rent their homes but these plants can move with you when the tenancy ends

Italy, Piedmont, Verbano-Cusio Ossola district, Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella
©Luca Da Ros/4Corners

The insular seduction of island gardens

From the legendary Greek isle of Phaeacia to the modern-day Isles of Scilly, gardeners are drawn to sanctuaries surrounded by water

A worker with boxes of freshly picked roses at Maridadi commercial flower farm in Naivasha, Kenya
©Sven Torfinn

Budding tensions in the cut-flower industry

Kenya is a now a big supplier in the sector but the success of its farms is leading to social and environmental strains

Wild flowers of the Silk Road

A new book about the colourful flora found along the ancient route from Turkey to China offers ‘a glimpse of paradise’

View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang
©Andreas Brandl/Robert Harding

Plant hunting in China’s Yunnan

Jane Owen retraces the footsteps of intrepid botanists whose adventures helped introduce the area’s wild flora into our gardens

illustration of a garden tree emitting sound waves
©James Fryer

Sound investment: advances in ‘quiet’ garden machinery

A look at how technology is tackling noisy gardening equipment, from leaf blowers to petrol-powered mowers

Camellia japonica Parksii
©John Fielding

The 160-year-old camellia collection

The collection at Chiswick House is one of the most important in the world, with rare specimens dating back to the 1850s

The eye-catching Long Border at Great Dixter in late July
©Joe Rodriguez

Great Dixter chosen for Aldermaston bequest

How a country house in East Sussex will benefit from the friendship between a gifted horticulturist and a master potter

Daphne transforms into a laurel tree in ‘Apollo and Daphne’ by Veronese (1560-1565)
©San Diego Museum of Art

Thanks a bunch: flowers with a hidden message

Valentine’s Day is a good time to reawaken the ancient art of saying it with flowers — but choose carefully

How to grow citrus in cool climates

With the right care and attention, lemons, oranges and grapefruit can flourish in the UK — just watch out for insects

The gardens of New Jersey

Photographs and edited extracts from ‘Gardens of the Garden State’, a book that celebrates the area’s horticultural wealth

The woodland where everything is edible

Forest gardening is an ancient system with modern relevance, based on planting fruit, herbs and vegetables in distinct layers

Ancient Athens with an Australian twist

How a classical Greek monument is helping to inspire modern-day dramatists in Sydney

Full seed ahead: what to sow now for summer

For a colourful showing, it is best to start sowing early. Here are some of my tips for the year

Wake-up call for old beds

Like their gardeners, ageing plants die. Their deaths are not reasons to give up. They are opportunities, not catastrophes

Butterflies and other beauties

A look back at the garden successes of the past 12 months and why two painted ladies were among my favourites

Growing faith: gardening and the early Christians

I would not have wanted St Paul on my garden staff, but the first monks and ‘Desert Fathers’ were dedicated cultivators

My top garden books of 2014

A look at this year’s standout horticultural publications, from English style to the new ‘Shabby-Look’

Camellias show the benefits of a mild autumn

The late-flowering blooms make up for the delay and disarray to the colours on our trees — and are worth a future bet

Milton Keynes: unnaturally natural garden city

The English town created in the 1960s offers a good model for planned landscaping on a large scale

Why weeds and words don’t mix

Combining gardening with writing may seem like a good idea but it is an uncomfortable marriage

The Japanese garden in a Polish park

A fine garden in Poland’s fourth-biggest city, Wroclaw, is full of historical mystery

Chrysanthemums: the late bloomers

As an ‘absurdly’ mild autumn delays the flowering calendar, attention turns to the hardy plants

Best of 2014 - Plant-hunting on Mount Olympus

A trek up Greece’s highest mountain uncovers some flowers familiar to British gardeners

Rooftop gardens held in high regard

Living roofs can last up to three times as long as a conventional roof – and reduce winter heating costs

Time to branch out: trees to plant with confidence

Aspiring nursery owners and ordinary gardeners should focus on varieties that are not at risk from killer diseases or insects

All the fun of the rare

Great Dixter is one of many gardens, large and small, that regularly host events for buyers and sellers of unusual plants

Lady Walton’s flourishing legacy in Italy

The semi-tropical garden on a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples continues to thrive, 50 years after its formation

Arches, arbours and other garden storeys

Green and flowery upper storeys are especially charming because they have such a long history

The horticultural dynasties of Victorian Britain

In the 19th century many garden nurseries were founded as family businesses but only a few have survived to the present day

Gardens: the culinary art of pest control

Forget traps and poisons – here are some meal ideas using uninvited garden visitors, from rabbits and pigeons to squirrels and snails

The restoration of Painshill’s English landscape garden

How Charles Hamilton’s 18th-century masterpiece in Surrey regained its former glory

New York Botanical Garden goes native

This new, wild-style garden in the Bronx has benefited from well-planned, naturalistic planting and careful ‘editing’

A spring bulb moment in the garden

Now is the time to start planning for February and March – including crocus rings and other magic

The riddle of the Moceniga rose

History proliferates in rosebeds and adds to what we can see in these gorgeous flowers as they prepare for this month’s second flowering

True colour of an August garden

Ever better varieties keep coming back to disprove the myth that this month’s flowers are all a strong shade of yellow

Big ideas for borders at Hillier gardens

Garden-lovers seeking inspiration should visit the site for its design and excellently chosen varieties

Dublin’s delight: Helen Dillon’s walled garden

The garden in Sandford Road continues to change and evolve, to the fascination of its thousands of visitors

Plant Finder: the gardeners’ bible

It has taken me to new nurseries, to new varieties of long-known plants, and to new families of which I knew nothing