The days are lengthening and Jo Arnell is getting excited for the new gardening year.

TEST Hellebores brighten up shady corners and look great in winter containers

Hellebores brighten up shady corners and look great in winter containers

TEST Cyclamen coum in a spreading carpet beneath a tree

Cyclamen coum in a spreading carpet beneath a tree

TEST Helleborus argutifolius with architectural evergreen leaves and lime green bracts

Helleborus argutifolius with architectural evergreen leaves and lime green bracts

TEST Phormiums provide striking border structure

Phormiums provide striking border structure

TEST Melianthus major is a surprisingly hardy exotic architectural anchor plant

Melianthus major is a surprisingly hardy exotic architectural anchor plant

TEST Scented, pidery flowers of Witch Hazel (Hammemelis mollis) glinitng in the winter sunlight

Scented, spidery flowers of Witch Hazel (Hammemelis mollis) glinting in the winter sunlight

In the Night Garden

Jo Arnell explains how to make the most of your outdoor space once darkness falls Some enchanted evening you may see me outside – mainly searching for slugs in the garden, because the cool hours of night are when they...

Contain your excitement

Jen Stuart-Smith discusses how to get creative with your pots and planters My love affair with plants started with houseplants when I was a child. As my bedroom windowsill overflowed – resulting, occasionally, in waking up with compost under my...

More than just a pretty face

Jen Stuart-Smith explores the multiple uses of some easy-to-grow garden favourites When you grow flowers for their beauty, shape and colour it can be easy to forget all the other qualities they have to offer. Some are edible, others provide...