Gardening tips: mulch your border flowers

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Then plant Corsican hellebore for evergreen foliage, and volunteer to help map an orchardPlant this I’m a sucker for a green flower in winter, so Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius) is high...

The joy of growing extinct plants

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Some plants can no longer survive in the wild, but hand-pollinated seeds allow them to live on in your home patchThere is something fascinatingly weird about us gardeners. For as...

In the cold, there’s hungry birds, thick ice and frogs to liberate

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The pond ice was an inch thick, so Allan Jenkins broke through with a heavy hoe and launched Operation Free the FrogsPerhaps it is time I learned patience. First surgery,...

Green house: inside a plant-filled London home

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A forest of house plants plus rooflights and glass sliding doors cleverly merge the outside with the inside in this Georgian townhouseThe greening of Julia Thompson’s townhouse began long before...

Plant jerusalem artichokes now for a plentiful supply

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Our gardening expert on the divisive tubersJerusalem artichokes tend to divide people. To some they are the devil’s work, whereas others can’t get enough, particularly at this time of year,...

Gardening tips: plant tree ivy

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Then trim hellebores and invest in a guide to cacti and succulentsPlant this Tree ivy (× Fatshedera lizei) is one of the few plants that thrives indoors or out. It’s a...

The man who put romance back into roses for Valentine’s Day

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Try David Austin’s colourful, fragrant and repeat-flowering roses for something personal, surprising and original on the 14thValentine’s Day, when unromantic people splurge on overpriced roses and expensive restaurants. It doesn’t...

Broad view: at home on the water’s edge in Norfolk

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Built on the site of a sinking bungalow, this contemporary home has incredible vistas across the BroadsAs a child, architect Patrick Michell loved messing around on the water. His grandfather,...

Cabin of curiosities brings Camden garden extension to life

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An interior designer’s clever use of space and light gives a London flat a remarkable new spaceThe long, light-filled hallway of Katie McCrum’s north London flat leads to a sign...

How to get your garden ready for March

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Sow chillies now but otherwise it’s time to do some plotting and planningThank God January is almost over: it is never an easy month and is made worse by the...

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