Carrot Flyaway being harvested
©Lee Avison/Gap Photos

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 gardens at Exbury, Hampshire
©Brian Little

The banker behind Exbury’s natural wealth

Lionel de Rothschild’s horticultural legacy is in full bloom at the garden estate in Hampshire

‘A Formal Garden: Three Ladies Surprised by a Gentleman’ (c1670s) by Ludolf de Jongh
©Royal Collection Trust

The art of painting paradise

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

The BellaRosa plantation beneath the volcanic peak of Cayambe

Roses with altitude: Ecuador’s growth story

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

Bedding plants at Hampton Court Palace in London

Easter is the time to go to ground

This weekend is a good moment to repair lawns, nurture roots and plant bulbs for summer

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
©Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The poison garden: plants as weapons

At Torre Abbey in Devon there is a garden inspired by the murderous cunning of Agatha Christie’s villains

Victoria cruziana in the Waterlily House at Kew
©Andrew McRobb

How to fund the Botanic Gardens at Kew

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

There is a Mediterranean flavour to the Dry Garden at Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex
©Matt Anker/Gap Gardens

Water conservation ideas on show at Chelsea

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

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

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

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