Why the cotoneaster is a berried treasure

There are several varieties of this underrated high-class oriental that are worth another look

‘Empty Lot’ by Abraham Cruzvillegas at Tate Modern
©Tate Photography

‘Guerrilla’ gardening at Tate Modern

An exhibition at the art gallery invites visitors to throw seeds or bulbs into giant planters filled with soil — and wait for the results

Crane fly on aster flowers
©Lynn Keddie/Getty Images

Warm welcome to UK’s mild autumns

Mid-October is no longer the signal to rush out to protect half-hardy plants, with flowers now lasting much longer into the year

Thomas Pakenham in the Pumpkin House at Tullynally
©Thomas Pakenham

Why trees don’t need passports

The family seat at Tullynally in Westmeath is for gardeners who love beauty, not arboreal ethnicity

Asters in the Picton Garden in Colwall, Herefordshire
©Paul Picton

It aster be the best

Asters have been on top form in England this autumn, though the most tempting varieties are still the most risky to grow

Frida with Idol – Coyoacán – 1939
©Nickolas Muray

Frida Kahlo: a fertile imagination

An exhibition in New York reimagines the Mexican artist’s garden and examines the hidden meanings behind her use of plant imagery

Aerial view of Ninfa, south of Rome
©Antonio Vaccarini

Italy’s Ninfa moves to its own rhythm

A visit to the famous garden uncovers ancient Roman myths about floating green islands moved by the stamping of feet

A box of delights: Italy’s Castle Ruspoli

The castle near Rome has a rich history — Handel, Bardot and ‘La Dolce Vita’ — but ultimately an air of unknowable mystery

‘Defence of the Château de Hougoumont by the flank Company, Coldstream Guards’ (1815), by Denis Dighton
©National Army Museum

The fruits of blood-soaked soil

Two hundred years after the Battle of Waterloo, the Belgian orchard that served as a pivotal site in the struggle is being replanted

Iris Lady Beatrix Stanley
©John Glover/Gap Photos

The best bulbs for boxes and borders

Pick of the finest irises, crocuses, tulips and other spring flowers — and how to plant them to achieve a sustained burst of colour

A dalliance with dahlias

Chenies Manor in Buckinghamshire is home to flower-filled gardens and tales of 16th-century intrigue

UK plant nursery’s unusual offerings

Pan-Global in Gloucestershire is a source for bolder gardening, thanks to stock that would challenge any gardener

How to extend the buddleja flying season

Now is the perfect time to deadhead the shrubs for a second flowering that will draw in the butterflies

The château gift that keeps on giving

Not all tutors are rewarded with a French château, but this particular garden has other lessons to offer

Hitchhikers’ guide to gardening

New book tells of Frank and Marjorie Lawley’s 40-year journey to shape a one-acre masterpiece in Northumberland

This summer’s garden winners and losers

August is the new midpoint of the season and some flowers have excelled while others have struggled

Grand days out in England’s finest parks

August is the perfect time to resist foreign travel and revel in fine domestic landscapes, from Painshill and Croome to Studley Royal

Thorn amid the roses in a ‘German garden’

A look at the reality behind the 1898 novel — and how an imaginary invitation might be received today

Lavender in a new light

Travelling often helps me see my flowerbeds with fresh eyes — from French roundabouts to a superb garden in Provence

Le Nôtre and Kapoor’s ‘Dirty Corner’

The artist’s Versailles exhibition caps a bad year for the greatest of landscape gardeners


Robin Lane Fox Robin Lane Fox writes a gardening column for the FT Weekend supplement.

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