Gardens

Container mania

Gardening: Container mania

Plants in containers feel somehow more manageable, especially if you’re new to gardening, says Elly West, and a carefully thought-out container display can rea...
2020 gardening

A year in the garden

Make your 2020 garden the best yet with Elly West’s month-by-month task planner While it’s generally a quiet and contemplative month in the garden, January ...
Feed the birds

Feed the birds

They’re called feathered friends for a reason, says Elly West. This month our gardening columnist is urging us to do our bit to help birds’ survival this winte...

Robert Dunster’s autumn gardening tips

Seasonal advice from the Berwick Lodge gardener Lawn careIt’s important to aerate the lawn at this time of year. After months of footfall the grass will hav...

Gardening: West country wines and vines

England may not be the first place we think of when it comes to wine production says Elly West, but tucked away in Redhill, south of Bristol, is a thriving vin...

Room to grow: Bristol’s allotments

There’s something very British about an allotment site, and these hidden sanctuaries, featuring familiar and comforting sights, are increasing in number once a...

Growing for showing

The gardening-show glory days of past eras may be gone but the ones that have survived make fantastic days out, says Elly West There’s something extremely ...

Gardening: A family affair

It’s hard to find two such unlikely bedfellows as the begonias and delphiniums at Blackmore & Langdon’s, says Elly West Much of my work as a garden desi...

Gardening: Follower of fashion

The spring shows start this month and Elly West is thinking beauty, practicality and time-honoured, as well as trendy Springtime in the gardening calendar: ...

Gardening: Small Wonders

Like anything that’s worth doing, says Elly West, sowing seeds takes a little skill and patience but the rewards are well worth it In theory, you can’t go w...