It’s all a matter of balancing the outrageous show-offs with the quiet achievers, says Jo Arnell.

Garden borders can be tricky to get right. ‘I’ve looked at borders from both sides now,’ Joni Mitchell might have sung, had she been keener on gardening. If you’ve looked at yours in all weathers, in all seasons, from all angles and still somehow, you really don’t know borders at all, have one last look before chucking in the trowel.

Melianthus major is a surprisingly hardy exotic architectural anchor plant

Phlomis russelliana is a herbaceous structural plant

Phormiums provide striking border structure

Phormiums provide striking border structure

Yew topiary focal points at Great Dixter

Yew topiary focal points at Great Dixter

(Instant) Climbers

Sue Whigham explores a need for speed...

A Changing Climate

Jennifer Stuart-Smith takes a look at how gardeners are having to adapt to extreme weather conditions. Whether you are a farmer, fisherman or gardener, there’s little point battling Mother Nature. She always has the upper hand. So, rather than railing...

A Courting Couple

The courtyard gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show this year were, as usual, incredibly popular with the public. Once the Show was in full swing it was hard to get near them to admire the sheer ingenuity, imagination and love...