A spring bulb moment in the garden

Iris Katharine Hodgkin
©Living Colour Bulbs

Now is the time to start planning for February and March – including crocus rings and other magic

The riddle of the Moceniga rose

History proliferates in rosebeds and adds to what we can see in these gorgeous flowers as they prepare for this month’s second flowering

True colour of an August garden

Ever better varieties keep coming back to disprove the myth that this month’s flowers are all a strong shade of yellow

Centenary Border at Sir Harold Hiller Gardens in Hampshire
©Shaun Matthews

Big ideas for borders at Hillier gardens

Garden-lovers seeking inspiration should visit the site for its design and excellently chosen varieties

The central canal in the Dillon Garden, Dublin
©Helen Dillon

Dublin’s delight: Helen Dillon’s walled garden

The garden in Sandford Road continues to change and evolve, to the fascination of its thousands of visitors

Silphium perfoliatum with tiger swallowtail butterfly
©Tom Uhlman/Alamy

Plant Finder: the gardeners’ bible

It has taken me to new nurseries, to new varieties of long-known plants, and to new families of which I knew nothing

Organ Fountain at Villa d’Este
©Paul Williams/Alamy

Sex, drugs and heavy pruning

Last chance to feed and neuter the flowers before the holidays – and how not to feel homesick abroad

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 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

A tour of Highgrove Gardens

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

The gifts of time

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

Midsummer roses and other voluptuaries

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

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

Box clever

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

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’


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

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