Spring Gardening

The cold winter has dragged on, but early spring is the most exciting time in the garden.


Hidden Gem

There is a gem nestling in picturesque grounds just outside Langton Green in Kent. Unless you had previously sought out a company that creates beautiful handmade stone garden ornaments, fountains and architectural elements, then you may not even know they exist.


The Best Fruit You’ve Never Heard of

The medlar makes a handsome tree and bears odd but highly prized fruits that are only edible once ‘bletted’ or almost rotten.

Hand-crafted finial globe lights installed at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons Hotel and Restaurant, Oxfordshire

Don’t blame it on the Moonlight

Our features writer Louise Tomlin talks to the owner and inventor of stone globe lights, Joanna Wallis

Swimming pool area at the rear of the property (© Mark Lane)

A Garden Paradise

In part two of Mark Lane’s 70s bungalow restoration we take a look at his beautiful garden transformation.

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Top Ten Cut Flowers to Grow at Home

A vase of fresh flowers cut straight from the garden can instantly make a house feel more like a home. There are plenty of cut flowers that you can grow at home, but if you need some inspiration take a look at our top ten favourites.


Indulge Your Senses with Lavender

It’s an easy plant to grow, and adds a wonderful scent and colour to any garden. It’s also a plant bees love, so you might not want to harvest all of it – leave a little for the bees.


The Garden Furniture Guide

Interior and exterior design are as much about performance as they are aesthetics. When it comes to garden furniture, we’re faced with myriad choices. So how do you decide which is ‘the one’?


Good Standards

Standards are useful for adding height to a border and look particularly impressive when planted closely together in groups of three or four.


The Original Fruit

Sometimes the winter seems like a bleak time, although there are, of course, things that make it worthwhile: hot chocolate, warm fires, and planting apple trees.