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

Dahlia Park Princess
©Susan Brock

A dalliance with dahlias

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

Orangery at Frampton Court in Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire
©Rob Cousins/Alamy

UK plant nursery’s unusual offerings

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

Two Painted Lady butterflies feeding on Buddleja davidii Black Knight
©Malcolm Schuyl/Alamy

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

Château de Losse in the Dordogne

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

Formal garden at Herterton House
©Val Corbett/Pimpernell Press

Hitchhikers’ guide to gardening

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

Dianthus Passion
©Fiona McLeod/Gap Photos

This summer’s garden winners and losers

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

St Mary Magdalene church at Croome Park, designed by Capability Brown
©David Noton/National Trust Images

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

Bright fuchsia

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

Great haul of China

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

Heavenly year starts to bed in

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

Time for tea?

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

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

Stand-outs from the crowd at Chelsea 2015

This year’s exhibits offered plenty of inspiration for urban gardeners, from cypripediums to martagons and violas

Show garden highlights at Chelsea 2015

Matthew Keightley’s Lesotho-inspired garden, Matthew Wilson’s curvy creation, and an excess of hard surfacing


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

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