Gallery’s artistic triumph? The garden

Agastache Blackadder
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Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s planting scheme enhances Zaha Hadid’s striking extension at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery

The Topiary Gardens at Levens Hall, Cumbria
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At the cutting hedge

A visit to Levens Hall and Cath’s Garden Plants in England’s Lake District reveals two very different approaches to planting

The roof garden at John Lewis Oxford Street
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Sprout it from the rooftop

A swath of greenery planted on top of John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street offers a haven for shoppers — and wildlife

A robin stakes out its territory in a blackthorn bush
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Clay gardens, robins and dahlias

While shifting my useless garden clay, my namesake, the robin redbreast, appeared

David Austin’s Renaissance Garden of English roses at Albrighton
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David Austin and the new English roses

A visit to the master English rose breeder is an education in the principles of producing healthy and vigorous plants

Crab apple, wisteria, Chinese lilac and tulips at Hermannshof Gardens
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A German garden planted firmly in science

Hermannshof near Heidelberg is a rigorously planned site that doesn’t follow trends — it creates them

Robin Lane Fox near his home in Oxfordshire
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A love affair with . . . the countryside

After decades of migration into the cities, technological improvements mean people are now heading back the other way

Place your beds: what flowers to plant now

It’s Derby Day and time to decide on soft-leaved decoration that will stay the course this year

Hepaticas floating in a water bowl in Ashwood Nurseries’ display at Chelsea
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Inside story on Chelsea Flower Show

While the designers’ show gardens attract all the headlines, the real floral highlights can be found indoors

The M&G Garden by CleveWest at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Is Chelsea Flower Show too . . .  showy?

This year’s headline-grabbing gardens feature anti-slavery messages, oak ‘metaphors’ and motorised hedges

Russell Page’s garden at Villar Perosa

The landscape gardener’s classic near Turin continues to thrive thanks to an assistant who also worked with Roberto Burle Marx

London’s hidden green spaces

Open days at gardens in and near the capital offer the chance to pick up horticultural tips and enjoy the hospitality too

New York Botanical Garden turns 125

Rather than look back to its past, the Bronx garden remains focused on the future with new shows and education projects

Clematis keeps on spreading

Old favourites, newcomers, climbers or sprawlers? With so many to choose from, here is a guide to my favourites

Alternative homes for alpine plants

Years of experience has shown me that alpines can do just as well in containers and everyday environments

Lovely shrubberies give life to gardens

Mahonias from China, magnolias from New Zealand and mock orange from Mexico offer colourful new ideas

Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden 200 years on

The garden is preparing to celebrate its bicentenary, having had to overcome many challenges, both budgetary and biological

The night the badgers came for my tulips

As an entire crop falls victim to uninvited guests, the search begins for a new anti-brock strategy

Two flowers that are picture-perfect

Chrysanthemums and dahlias are well represented at the Royal Academy’s latest show and are also the stars of garden borders

Gardeners on top of the world

A gathering of enthusiasts celebrated Vietnamese wonders in the wilds of Washington and an unusual garden in northern Norway


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

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