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How to make a pretty homegrown bridal posy
Sarah creates a wedding bouquet in the cutting patch at Perch Hill.
British cut flowers
Sarah discusses the British cut flowers industry, an in particular looks at our best roses.
How to sow and grow hollyhocks
Sarah shares her instructions on how to sow and grow hollyhocks for that typical cottage garden look.
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.
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 beginner's guide to healing plants
In this guide, Sarah discusses the types of healing plants and their uses.
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.
Planting artichokes with alliums
Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.
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.
Floral spring centrepiece, using a flower grid
Sarah shows you how to make a beautiful table centrepiece, using tulips and a simple flower grid.
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.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
Cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe
A great winter curry – a beautiful vegetarian dish to enjoy at home.
Growing and eating runner bean flowers
Sarah shows you how runner beans are grown with sweet peas at Perch Hill.
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.
Asparagus and Gruyère tart
Asparagus and Gruyère tart is great for picnics, warm spring days and weekend lunchtimes with friends and family.
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.
The beautiful Wisteria at Sissinghurst is inspiring and beautiful - Sarah talks about how to prune wisteria, what colours to choose and how to grow...
Ricotta al forno
This delicious baked ricotta dish is a yummy late spring and early summer treat to accompany a fresh salad for lunch.
Spring cauliflower is perfect in this spicy dish - great as a vegetable side topped with toasted nuts.
Asparagus with almonds
A simple and delicious starter - asparagus with almonds is the perfect May first course.
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.
Chilled asparagus soup
The perfect spring and summer dish - this chilled asparagus soup is the perfect light lunch or delicate starter.
Choosing drought tolerant plants
Learn what drought resistant plants to choose during a hosepipe ban.
This brief guide explains the different groups of pelargoniums that are available and their distinct character traits.
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...
A simple table centrepiece
Sarah shows you how to turn jars into make a simple table centrepiece for weddings and parties.
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiums make wonderful summer vertical plants and cut flowers - find out how to get the most from them in your garden.
French strawberry jam recipe
An excellent jam that is not too sweet and not too set, perfect with scones and cream.
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...
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...
Smashed roast new potatoes with garlic and rosemary
A simple, tasty side dish that will be a favouite with all the family.
The daintiest new crocus varieties
Sarah chooses the daintest new crocus varieties from a recent trip to Holland.
Early summer crudites on ice with aioli recipe
This makes great simple party food, ideal for serving lots of people, tender tasty veg on ice served with aïoli. It looks fantastic.
Growing primulas auriculas
Auriculas make a wonderful table centrepiece and are a fabulous eye-catching plant in the garden too. Find out the best way to growing them.
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.
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...
Annual flowers - create summer colour
Create summer colour with these unbeatable annual flowers. Sarah's absolute favourites for reliability and colour.
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
Planting a pelargonium pot display
Create the perfect summer and autumn pot display with rich coloured pelargoniums and verbena by following this easy tutorial.
Bring pollinators into your garden
Find out why and how to attract beneficial insects into your garden.
Chard and Coconut Soup
A comforting yet fresh-tasting winter soup - perfect for those chilly days out in the garden.
Chatsworth House kitchen garden
Sarah visits Chatsworth House to discover how the create their delightful kitchen garden.
Flowers for Indian summers
Sarah's top ten tender perennials for long-lasting flowers throughout those warm, late summers.