Sound investment: advances in ‘quiet’ garden machinery

illustration of a garden tree emitting sound waves
©James Fryer

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

Kennelston Cottage. The snail fountain is one of a group of playful statues installed in the garden
©Gemma and Andrew Ingalls

The gardens of New Jersey

A selection of photographs and edited extracts from the book ‘Gardens of the Garden State’

The Chagga home gardens on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro
©Ulrich Doering/Alamy

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

Replica of the Choregic Monument of Lysicrates in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens
©Jaime Plaza

Ancient Athens with an Australian twist

A replica of the Choregic Monument of Lysicrates in Sydney’s botanic gardens is the stage for a modern theatrical contest

Marigold Alumia Vanilla Cream
©Thompson & Morgan

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

White flowers of Heptacodium miconioides
©Christina Bollen/Alamy

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