Salvias are easy to grow and free-flowering

Salvias have a diverse family has more than 900 species  They are easy to grow and tolerant of drought making them low-maintenance They are rich in nectar, loved by pollinating insects and, best of all, they flower from June until the first frosts  By Constance Craig Smith For Weekend Magazine My addiction started, as these things so often do, with just one purchase – a small pot of a dark purple salvia, ‘Amistad’.  It grew beautifully so I took cuttings, which Read more [...]

The Mail’s National Garden Competition is open to everyone

The Daily Mail annual gardening competition is now open to the our readers   It doesn’t matter whether you have a tiny backyard or acres of land – if you’re proud of your garden we’d love to hear from you  By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine The dismantling of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is almost complete, the new RHS show at Chatsworth is in full swing and the show gardens and displays for next week’s Gardeners’ World Live are having their finishing touches Read more [...]

It’s the best bloomin’ year for roses ever!

By Rachel Billington For The Daily Mail Can there be anything more beautiful than a rose? Yes — a bigger rose. I only mention this because something very odd has happened this year: roses seem to have doubled in size (well, nearly) and in quantity, too. And that's before we've reached the height of the season. When I first observed this wonderful spectacle, I suspected it was the eyes of love exaggerating, as love will do, which had made me gape in wonder in my Dorset garden. But now, Read more [...]

Action plan: Nigel Colborn essential jobs for your garden

Spring shrubs that have finished flowering need trimming back Find out how to deal with the lily beetle - a common gardeners' pest Learn about Sweet Williams, the plant of the week, which are blooming now By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Spring shrubs that have finished flowering now may benefit from being trimmed back. This applies to weigelas, exochorda, yellow-flowered kerria, pictured, and some viburnums. Mock orange, deutzia and other latespring shrubs can also be pruned Read more [...]

Monty Don says irises are at their best right now 

Monty says that irises are the most sumptuous of flowers He says that a bearded iris can help to add a dramatic touch to a garden  As always Monty is on hand to answer your gardening queries   By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine As I write this my garden is in an iris frenzy. There are bearded irises in the Dry and Jewel Gardens, flag irises rising out of the water of the pond and Iris sibirica in great clumps, also in the Jewel Garden.  With their intense colours and gorgeously Read more [...]

Opportunity Road’s Stephan Weishaupt is delivering his elegant housewares to Vancouver

Stephan Weishaupt has often directed a well-curated lifestyle. Rising up in a family group of designers, professional manufacturers and excited craft lovers in Munich, Belgium, he was confronted with the pros of midcentury-contemporary furniture from the very young age. Their youth residence was filled up with their renowned parts, striking a ongoing desire permanently beauty as well as the push for Opportunity Route, the upscale furniture shop he launched in 2007 alongside Read more [...]

The Bank Holiday is the perfect time to lay a new path

Monty Don says that this weekend is the perfect time to focus on landscaping  Although paths and patios have different functions, the skills and materials to make both are effectively the same  As always Monty is on hand to answer reader's gardening queries   By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine Around this time of year plants rightly get all the attention, but hard landscaping is, in its very different way, just as important a component of any garden.  Bank Holiday Read more [...]

Enjoy Chelsea Flower Show from your home

Chelsea Flower Show is next week and you can enjoy it from your own home  Events over the coming months have qualities that the great London show lacks The setting for Chelsea is superb, but some alternative venues are even prettier By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail Chelsea Flower Show is next week. Tickets are almost sold out, but you can enjoy the show in comfort at home. You might even see more on television than when buffeted by the crowds.  Chelsea is by far the world’s Read more [...]

Monty Don on the benefits of beautiful blossom

Blossom is now into its final lingering days of glory on Monty's apple trees  It's a good time to plan for next year’s flowers and the fruit that will follow That is because where there is blossom, by definition, fruit will follow By Monty Don For Weekend Magazine The blossom that has been decorating this garden for the past two months is now into its final lingering days of glory with the last of my orchard’s apple trees in flower.  For those of you in the warmer Read more [...]

How to beat the drought in your garden

This year’s winter was abnormally dry in many regions And now, just when growth should run at top speed, it’s drier still  There are, however, a lot of things we can do to minimise the effects By Nigel Colborn for the Daily Mail This year’s winter was abnormally dry in many regions. And now, just when growth should run at top speed, it’s drier still. We’re heading for a drought. For gardeners, that’s a disappointment. But there’s a lot we can do to minimise Read more [...]