New York’s High Line shows one-track thinking

The plantings along the defunct rail line work in their setting but there is too much grass and too little to brighten the soul

America’s groundbreaking women gardeners

A new exhibition in New York explores the impact of six women on landscape design and photography in the early 20th century

Digitalis purpurea

Skyscraper plants to transform a garden’s skyline

Foxgloves, delphiniums, lupins and verbascums can all add height to lowly flower borders

The garden at Petworth House, Sussex

The countess gardener of Petworth House

Caroline Egremont’s work at the Sussex stately home shows she is one of the best designers and planters of her generation

Wild flower meadow garden with camassia, buttercup and dandelion, and Highgrove in the distance
©GAP Photos

A tour of Highgrove Gardens

‘To the Prince, my use of handy weedkillers is a quick-fix approach out of harmony with the environment’

Melbourne Hall

The gifts of time

Derbyshire’s Melbourne Hall might be England’s best surviving Queen Anne garden, but it hasn’t stood still

David Austin Roses display at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show
©Victoria Birkinshaw

Midsummer roses and other voluptuaries

The beauty queens have made an early, but welcome, entrance

Iris Marron Chaud

Bearded beauties: the best irises to grow in the UK

French and English growers share their expertise on which varieties are best suited to gardens north of the Channel

Bidens ferulifolia Golden Goddess
©Fiona Lea/Gap Gardens

Box clever

As ever, what looks most seductive now is most highly priced and usually least likely to last the course until late autumn

Display by Kevock nurseries from Midlothian
©Victoria Birkinshaw

The great indoors

‘I am really enjoying this year’s Chelsea Flower Show but it is a bipolar experience’

Good heavens

The Paradise Garden may draw the crowds but it could be said the Great Pavilion’s exhibits are nearer to paradise on earth

A fruitful endeavour

A new book restores the history and value of the citrus fruits that still survive in imperilled parts of the country

Gardening for Britain

A guide to visiting the many English and Welsh gardens featured in this year’s ‘Yellow Book’

A question of timing

‘To sustain the later summer, go for flowers whose progress you can best control, such as annuals and summer bulbs’

Blessed flowers

Growers and arrangers from the Netherlands have become indispensable to the world’s most-watched Easter event

A yen for Zen

A new book provides insights into the celebrated ‘dry landscape’ at Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto

Moss boss

After months of wet weather, now is the time to spare a thought – and some money – for the lawn

Class gardens

‘It is a frightful myth that the love of beauty is only to be found in leisured, educated people’

Veg with an edge

‘I doubt if any of these vegetables will be on sale in supermarkets. To enjoy them, you will have to grow them’

Garden state

Contemporaries blamed Huizong’s controversial giant rockery for their state’s ruin


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

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