‘Why I’m a sucker for succulents’ says Monty Don 

  • Succulents are all the rage as they can be grown with minimum attention 
  • They are ideally adapted to desert conditions due to how they store water
  • Not all succulents are exotic for example the common Sempervivum tectorum

Succulents are all the rage. You can see why. These plants (which include cacti) have thick, fleshy leaves or stems which are used to retain water, and can be grown with minimum attention in almost any location that will hold a pot, indoors or out.  read more

Britain’s best borders

  • The Great Broad Walk Borders at Kew are Britain’s longest double borders
  • Arley Hall’s borders planted in the 1840s are thought to be the Country’s oldest
  • The huge herbaceous border at Waterperry Gardens changes colour weekly 

No English country garden should be without a herbaceous border: a deep bed, usually flanked by an immaculate grassy path, planted with a tapestry of flowers that bloom from late spring through to early autumn, before finally dying back with the first frosts. read more

South Africa’s floral queen: Agapanthus

  • In August, Agapanthus is one of the loveliest South African garden favourites
  • There are hundreds of varieties, which are all easy to grow, even in Britain
  • Each of the species boasts easy to grow shimmering blue drumstick flowers

South Africa boasts an amazingly diverse wild flora. So it’s hardly surprising the prettiest species have become worldwide garden favourites. In August, the loveliest of all is surely Agapanthus, the Blue African Lily. read more

Late-flowering clematis will give you masses of flowers

  • Easy to grow, late-flowering clematis give flowers well into autumn, says Monty
  • The best known late-flowering clematis is probably Clematis viticella
  • Some fast-growing clematis are more delicate although still heavily flowered

When I was growing up in Hampshire, 50 years ago and more, there was an old farm worker who would cut a length of the vine that sprawled over the hedgerows and then stuff it into his pipe before smoking it with evident pleasure. read more

Agapanthus will give you bursts of flowers all summer

  • The right blend of neglect and nurture will give you gorgeous agapanthus 
  • Monty recommends always growing them in pots for the best flowers 
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer our readers’ gardening queries  

My agapanthus have flowered this summer like intense star bursts, mostly blue with a few pure white varieties for good measure. 

I could not have asked more of them. This success is down to the right blend of neglect and nurture, and once you have that combination in its right balance, gorgeous agapanthus are almost guaranteed year after year. read more

Monty Don shows you how to grow your own bouquet

  • Monty Don says there is nothing better than having a house full of flowers 
  • Recommends growing sweet peas and snow drops specifically for vases  
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer our reader’s gardening queries  

For me, there’s nothing better than having a house full of flowers all year round, but especially in high summer when there is so much to choose from in the borders. This year I’ve grown more than ever.  read more

Nigel Colborn’s essential jobs for your garden this week 

  • July is the optimum month for taking cuttings from a wide range of hardy plants
  • This works especially well with penstemons, pinks and perennial wallflowers
  • Tall and medium-tall herbs will all benefit from being cut back now 

July is the optimum month for taking soft cuttings from a wide range of hardy plants. This works especially well with penstemons (pictured), pinks, osteospermums, perennial wallflowers, artemisias, salvias and fuchsias.  read more

Monty Don on how to successfully grow ferns in your garden

  • Monty says tree ferns are quite a leap in style and are also expensive, so unless yours looks exactly as you want it to in the garden, it can be a costly mistake
  •  There are hundreds of species but few are possible to grow in this country
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer our readers’ gardening queries  

A few weeks ago I planted the first tree fern to grace my garden. It felt like a daring move on a number of accounts. 

Tree ferns are quite a leap in style and are also expensive, so unless yours looks exactly as you want it to in the garden, it can be a costly mistake. read more

Monty Don: How to grow healthy hostas

  • Monty Don says hostas are known for their attraction to these so-called ‘pests’ 
  • Here he reveals how you can protect your plants from slugs and snails 
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer gardening queries from our readers 

The other day I posted a picture of my hostas on Twitter. They looked good and still do. 

They are mainly the large varieties such as ‘Sum and Substance’, ‘Snowden’ and Hosta sieboldii that have great, ribbed leaves, all of which, by and large, were complete and unblemished. read more