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The beautiful Wisteria at Sissinghurst is inspiring and beautiful - Sarah talks about how to prune wisteria, what colours to choose and how to grow...
A beginner's guide to healing plants
In this guide, Sarah discusses the types of healing plants and their uses.
A European bean feast at Glemham House
At Glemham House kitchen garden in Suffolk, beans are dried for use all through the winter, not left on the compost heap.
A simple table centrepiece
Sarah shows you how to turn jars into make a simple table centrepiece for weddings and parties.
Asparagus and Gruyère tart
Asparagus and Gruyère tart is great for picnics, warm spring days and weekend lunchtimes with friends and family.
Bring pollinators into your garden
Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.
Cardamom and poppy seed ice cream
A delicious treat for a hot summer's day - this cardamon and poppy seed ice cream is luxurious and unusual, and perfect to share with friends.
This excellent, not too sweet, version of the classic cordial will keep for a long time to drink diluted by fizzy or still water right through the year.
Sarah visits a magnolia expert to find out more about these wonderful spring shrubs. Find out her tips on choosing and growing magnolias in your...
How to create a delicious organic salad
Learn Sarah's five simple steps to a delicious salad, and her favourite salad ingredients to grow at home.
Pollinator super plants
Sarah talks about her favourite pollinator friendly plants for each month of the year.
Ricotta al forno
This delicious baked ricotta dish is a yummy late spring and early summer treat to accompany a fresh salad for lunch.
Planting artichokes with alliums
Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.
Floral spring centrepiece, using a flower grid
Sarah shows you how to make a beautiful table centrepiece, using tulips and a simple flower grid.
Growing and eating runner bean flowers
Sarah shows you how runner beans are grown with sweet peas at Perch Hill.
Chilled asparagus soup
The perfect spring and summer dish - this chilled asparagus soup is the perfect light lunch or delicate starter.
Planting a pelargonium pot display
Create the perfect summer and autumn pot display with rich coloured pelargoniums and verbena by following this easy tutorial.
The daintiest new crocus varieties
Sarah chooses the daintest new crocus varieties from a recent trip to Holland.
Rose-geranium and lemon cordial recipe
This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for early autumn drinks, when the scented leaf pelargoniums are at their best.
How to make a pretty homegrown bridal posy
Sarah creates a wedding bouquet in the cutting patch at Perch Hill.
How to sow and grow hollyhocks
Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.
Top 5 vegetable seeds to sow in May
If you're going to limit your vegetable sowing in May these are the top 5 you must plant.
How to make a hand-tied bunch
It's easy to make a hand tied bunch of flowers, in this step-by-step Sarah shows you how.
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
Companion planting: Friends with Benefits
Sarah tells us why companion planting works, and how you can grow veg, herbs and flowers together to eliminate pests and increase productivity.
French strawberry jam recipe
An excellent jam that is not too sweet and not too set, perfect with scones and cream.
Asparagus with almonds
A simple and delicious starter - asparagus with almonds is the perfect May first course.
Annual flowers – create summer colour
Create summer colour with these unbeatable annual flowers. Sarah's absolute favourites for reliability and colour.
Baked feta with thyme and tomatoes
Baked Feta, or Saganaki, is lovely as a starter eaten with pitta or flat bread and a tomato and red onion salad and with a sharp red wine and olive oil...
British cut flowers
Sarah discusses the British cut flowers industry, an in particular looks at our best roses.
Flowers for Indian summers
Sarah's top ten tender perennials for long-lasting flowers throughout those warm, late summers.
Hortus Bulborum – conservors of historic bulb cultivars
Sarah visits Hortus Bulborum in North Holland, where they conserve bulbs which are threatened with extinction, 90% of tulips there are no longer available...
Tutti Frutti Kulfi recipe
One of my favourite puddings – a healthy, non dairy ice-cream. You can cut the calories ever further by using light coconut milk.
Red Thai curry mussels recipe
Delicious, spicy and fragrant, mussels, like oysters, are generally thought to be best in the colder months of the year (those with an ‘r’...
Choosing drought tolerant plants
Learn what drought resistant plants to choose during a hosepipe ban.
Geraniums for winter
Pelargoniums can bring much needed colour through the winter and are invaluable for their beautiful, bold flowers even in the darkest months.
Gardening with children – planting
Read part 3 of Sarah's gardening with children series, to find out about planting out and harvesting your vegetables.
The kitchen garden at Chatsworth House
Sarah visits Chatsworth House to discover how they create their delightful kitchen garden.
How to grow your own wedding: Part 2
In part 2 of our Grow Your Own Wedding Series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for the wedding of her head gardener, Bea.
Mackerel in fennel-seed oatmeal crust
Fresh mackerel, with their eyes bright and sparkly, are an emblem of summer. Cook them straight from the sea, rolled in fennel-flavoured oatmeal and cooked...
Understanding Pelargonium groups
This brief guide explains the different groups of pelargoniums that are available and their distinct character traits.
Lemon chicken and herb salad
Simple yet delicious, this is a wonderfully fresh-tasting salad. Once tried, you can’t help but make it again and again, swapping the herbs, nuts...
Kale seaweed recipe
One of my favourite snacks for a winter party – a big plate of kale seaweed, with everyone dipping in. Because of the amount of oil in the cooking,...
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiums make wonderful summer vertical plants and cut flowers - find out how to get the most from them in your garden.
My top wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties
Here are my favourite wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties of wildflower for growing in your garden.
How to grow Delphiniums
We have all got to grow delphiniums – the most statuesque towering spires for any garden. They make brilliant cut flowers too.
Early summer crudités on ice with aïoli recipe
Simple yet effective party food, ideal for serving lots of people – tender, tasty veg on ice served with aïoli. It looks fantastic.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.