The shrub of the matter

Magnolia x soulangeana Alba Superba
©S&O/Gap Gardens

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

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

‘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

Bedding plants at Hampton Court Palace in London
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Easter is the time to go to ground

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

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

North American border perennials at Hermannshof botanical garden south of Frankfurt
©Sichtungsgarten-hermannshof.de

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

Italy, Piedmont, Verbano-Cusio Ossola district, Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella
©Luca Da Ros/4Corners

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

Wild flowers of the Silk Road

A new book about the colourful flora found along the ancient route from Turkey to China offers ‘a glimpse of paradise’

Camellia japonica Parksii
©John Fielding

The 160-year-old camellia collection

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

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

Ancient Athens with an Australian twist

A replica of the Choregic Monument of Lysicrates in Sydney’s botanic gardens is the stage for a modern theatrical contest

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

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