Glottiphyllum difforme and Delosperma ecklonis by Everhard Kick, from the Badminton florilegium
©Paul Burns

The heiress who left a horticultural legacy

The life and work of a little-known but remarkably green-fingered 18th-century duchess is celebrated in a new book

The Sentebale ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden by Matt Keightley
©Neil Hepworth/RHS

Show garden highlights at Chelsea 2015

Matthew Keightley’s Lesotho-inspired garden, Matthew Wilson’s curvy creation, and an excess of hard surfacing

Great and the good on display at Chelsea

Top Tories mingle with finance chiefs at pre-launch event

From a grower’s perspective

The road to flower show can be rocky, characterised by weather worries and timing issues

Illustration by Chris Wormell of a garden being constructed
©Chris Wormell

Older designers break new ground

Cleve West on why we should celebrate mature career changers who have switched to garden design

Artist’s image of Kim Wilkie’s garden at the Natural History Museum in London

New look for London museum

Redesign of grounds at the Natural History Museum will show how urban green spaces can aid wellbeing

Wisteria floribunda Macrobotrys
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The flowers and the glory

Jinny Blom picks out her all-time top 10 flowering plants, from wisteria to magnolia

Call to weed out the macho

More female designers are needed to focus on the show’s human element, says Sarah Eberle

Must-have plants and products

From giant apple sculptures and lightweight secateurs to birdbaths, compost and watering cans

‘Thinking of Peace’ garden by Tatyana Shynkarenko
©Tatyana Shynkarenko

Hot tickets at Chelsea Flower Show

Gardens and plants to look out for, from pineapple guava hedges to a ‘kaleidoscope’ of dahlias

Essential pruning tools for any gardener

Using the right products can make light work of an important, if unglamorous, task

Gardeners who grew their own expertise

Many great naturalists and plant breeders succeeded without any formal training

The hills are alive... in Innisfree

This living work of art in New York State retains its magic, 15 years on

Britain’s underwater gardens

A ‘marine protected area’ begins a conservation pledge by the Tories

The shrub of the matter

A round-up of the best varieties of magnolia, camellia, prunus, forsythia, daphne and viburnum

A guide to the best glasshouses

A range of models and products open up the possibilities for gardeners in temperate climates

The small veg with a big taste

Mini-carrots, dwarf runner beans and micro cherry tomatoes are perfect for container gardens — and discerning chefs

The banker behind Exbury’s natural wealth

The banker’s grand endeavour is in full bloom at the estate in Hampshire

The art of painting paradise

New exhibition in London explores how gardens have been represented by artists since the 16th century

Roses with altitude: Ecuador’s growth story

The country is one of the world’s biggest flower exporters, but developments elsewhere could prune its ambitions

Easter is the time to go to ground

This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to repair lawns, nurture roots and plant bulbs for summer

The poison garden: plants as weapons

Torre Abbey, near the writer’s home in Devon, explores the idea of plants as weapons

How to fund the Botanic Gardens at Kew

The world-famous garden is exploring innovative ideas to make use of its unrivalled assets

Water conservation ideas on show at Chelsea

The creator of this year’s RBC garden outlines the practical ideas behind his project

Flower gardening has perennial possibilities

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

Summer-flowering bulbs for containers

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

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

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 flora to be found along the ancient route from Turkey to China offers ‘a glimpse of paradise’

Plant hunting in China’s Yunnan

Jane Owen retraces the footsteps of intrepid botanists who helped introduce the wild flora of Yunnan into our gardens

Sound investment: advances in ‘quiet’ garden machinery

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

The 160-year-old camellia collection

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

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

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