Bright fuchsia

The RHS’s Hampton Court flower show is a good place to pick up some autumn flowers

Illustration shows the healing power of garden
©James Fryer

The healing power of gardens

The health benefits of green space are profound

Rosa hugonis
©David Austen

Great haul of China

The legacy of French Catholic missionaries to the country is the deluge of beautiful flowers they brought back

Engravings left by elm bark beetles
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Arboreal apocalypse or anthropomorphic angst?

Why wildwoods will survive disease without our misguided efforts to help them

A panorama of Wistman’s Wood, on Dartmoor, Devon, in the autumn
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Twisted oaks and tales of the pygmy forest

The Tolkienesque Wistman’s Wood is unlike any ‘normal’ woodland

Iris Gypsy Beauty
©Annette Lepple/GAP Photos

Heavenly year starts to bed in

English gardeners are enjoying a wonderful 2015 with ideal conditions for azaleas, magnolias, irises, deutzias and honeysuckles

©David Austin Roses

Time for tea?

David Austin’s heavily petalled roses have led the pack since the 1970s, but hybrid teas still have a place

Malling Kent apples growing in an English orchard
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How core skills boosted Kent’s apple yield

A research institute has helped keep the domestic apple industry buoyant

Rooted in the past: plants within ruins

Nature plays a vital role in the life of historic buildings, from Rome’s Colosseum to derelict factories in Yorkshire

Iris Benton Nigel
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Flowers as works of art? Iris my case

Two exhibits at Chelsea showcased the legacy of an English painter and the expertise of a French nursery

Botanical drawings from the 1620s

Illustrations in the Paper Museum series reveal the first use of a microscope to study plants close-up

Stand-outs from the crowd at Chelsea 2015

Growers at this year’s flower show offered plenty of inspiration for urban gardeners, from cypripediums to violas

The heiress who left a horticultural legacy

The life and work of a little-known but remarkably green-fingered noblewoman are celebrated in a new book

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

Older designers break new ground

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

New look for London museum

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

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

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