How to grow trees in a small garden

As we head towards midwinter all seems quiet in the garden, but now is the perfect time for the most exciting of horticultural new beginnings: planting a tree. Worry you don’t have...

How to keep cacti happy

The meteoric rise in popularity of cacti and succulents shows no sign of abating. Making a break from their normal retail habitat of the houseplant section in garden centres, this Christmas I...

How to grow elephant ears for winter colour

The first hard nights of cold turn elephant ears into something else. Overnight they will blush from a glossy green into rich mahogany or deep plum wine. They will crackle with crimson...

Timeless moss gardens are springing back

Iam fascinated by cultural differences in gardening. In Japan there are more than a dozen named cultivars of moss, the basis of an ancient tradition of moss gardens, but in the UK...

Plants to raise the winter spirits

It seems so vulnerable to bloom in these darkest of days, with the thinnest of sun rays to warm your nectar, and to do so naked, without the shelter of leaves, too:...

How to grow pitcher plants at home

When I was a kid growing up in southeast Asia, I was fascinated by the bizarre native nepenthes pitcher plants I’d see on rainforest walks, not to mention the dramatic time-lapse sequences...

Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens

On a dank day in January, a small slice of Walsall is blooming. Marie and Tony Newton’s back garden is filled with summery colour: miniature mauve cyclamens, frilly red camellias, graceful hellebores,...

Nasturtiums, the flowers that follow me everywhere

I measure my life in flowers. Nasturtiums marked my first home, red geraniums my first proper job, scented lily of the valley are for the love of my life.

How to grow winter aconites

There is a little glimmer of hope at the beginning of January, a pool of buttery sunlight that shimmers on the floor as if to will the sun’s rays to grow a...

Grow cut branches in vases for indoor winter magic

When I was a kid growing up in Singapore, it seemed like Christmas was barely over when preparations for Chinese New Year would start. It was one of my...

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