Shining in the shade

It’s not all about the sunny spots – Sue Whigham celebrates the beauty of the darker parts of the garden. There has been a garden at the Inner Temple in London since the 12th century and mediaeval papers record an orchard...

Let the grasses grow

Not just something dull that needs endless mowing Sue Whigham exhalts the subtle effects of feature grasses in borders and for striking autumn colour. In 1871 William Morris travelled down from London to see a house near Lechlade and fell...

Dahlias, darling!

Sue Whigham celebrates and investigates the most joyous of late bloomers. Whether the name ‘dahlia’ was bestowed by the great Carl Linnaeus himself – the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalised ‘binomial nomenclature’, the modern system of naming organisms –...

Taking stock

It’s not the end of the gardening year, says Jo Arnell, but time to look back on the seasons gone by and plan for the next ones. November is a great month to reflect on the growing year gone by....

Fronting up

Take pride in your front garden, says Sue Whigham, and the whole neighbourhood will thank you (gnomes optional…) A few weeks ago I was early for an appointment in Canterbury. It was raining hard. To fill in half an hour...

Summer’s embers

Jo Arnell finds plenty to look forward to as the season turns From where I’m sitting on the parched and dusty plains of this summer, I have to tell you that I am pinning all my hopes on September. I’m...

Grass roots

It’s that time of year when you suddenly notice your lawn is not at its Wimbledon best – time for expert advice. No matter how much you love gardening, there is one job you really shouldn’t try and do yourself: fix...

In full bloom

Jennifer Stuart-Smith of Blooming Green shares her expert knowledge on how to start your own cutting garden and fill your house with flowers Nothing gives a house a lift like vases of fresh flowers – there’s a reason interiors stylists...

Animal magic

Creating a pond in your garden will bring in wonderful wildlife says Sue Whigham The big chill of February and March were very unkind to my lovely little water lily (Pygmaea rubra) that has spent eight years in a large...

Late bloomers

The roses may be over, but don’t despair, says Jo Arnell, there are plenty of plants to bring colour to the borders yet It’s easy to think that the garden is on the way out this month. The early summer...

Harvest home

Jo Arnell celebrates the traditional early autumn festival It’s hard to remember a time before Wilderness, Latitude, Glastonbury etc, but not so long ago there was only one major festival in the British year – Harvest Festival. Once a major...

Swedish summer

From lichen to beavers, Sue Whigham is rapt with the flora, fauna – and national attitudes to them – on her annual trip to Southern Sweden Sweden might surprise you if you were to visit, both in terms of climate...