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In Your Garden Today
A great sense of optimism hit British gardeners this week with the sizzling summer temperatures...
How to plant and grow alstroemeria
Sarah's guide to growing alstroemeria, including which varieties to choose for brilliant displays in the garden and in the vase.
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
Provençal Squid, New Potato, Olive and Tomato Stew
There are many versions of squid stew, but this one has a particularly rich flavour. Squid goes brilliantly with tomatoes and together they make excellent...
How to plant and grow gladioli
Our guide to growing these magnificent cut flowers - easy to grow and perfect for cutting.
How to plant and grow cosmos
Even if you only have a tiny garden – or just some pots – you have to grow at least one cosmos. They are the lowest maintenance, floweriest...
How to create a mini wild flower meadow
Learn how to create your own mini wild flower meadow in your garden.
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 plant and grow agapanthus
With their strong stems and beautiful large heads, agapanthus make a structural and graceful addition to any border. I also love agapanthus in a series...
How to plant and grow freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.
How to grow tulips in container pots
Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
How to plant and grow dahlia tubers
Find out how to grow strong, healthy dahlias this spring – how to plant, look after and overwinter them, and what to do with your bulbs when they...
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
How fake flowers became cool again
Fake silk flowers (and a new era of dried and paper flowers) are on the brink of a major comeback, but not in the dusty pub fireplace style that...
Coconut milk and Greek yoghurt panna cotta caramel recipe
A low fat panna cotta, using yoghurt and coconut milk instead of cream. Make this the day before, so the caramel is absorbed into the panna cotta overnight...
Annual flowers for pots
If you want beautiful flowers for your pots this summer these are my top favourite annual flowers to grow.
Clematis for every month of the year
Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one clematis in flower all 12 months of the year, those flowering walls and curtained branches always around...
Sarah's Superfoods: Kale
As an ex-doctor, I want to ignore the fads and focus on truly exceptional good foods that we should include in our diet as much as possible – and...
How to sow sweet peas in winter
Sarah shows you how to sow sweet pea seeds in the winter for more productive plants in the summer months.
A brief history of daffodils
From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...
Smoked mackerel, broccoli and almond salad recipe
This is an excellent salad for lunch or as a starter for dinner. Serve with griddled sour dough, scraped lightly with garlic and drizzled with a little...
The Plants You Should Be Growing This Year
Sarah has tested more than 50 new plants. These are her favourites - for ease, longevity, appearance and flavour.
Tips to keep your indoor bulbs straight
Some helpful tips to help your indoor bulbs grow straight and stay upright.
Kale, mushroom and lentil pilaf with toasted goat's cheese recipe
This is hearty, filling winter food. Chestnut mushrooms in particular are good here as they don't collapse on cooking, or you can use whole button mushrooms,...
Pomegranate bellinis recipe
Pomegranates are at their sweetest and best from late autumn through early winter, so make the most of them. You can squeeze the juice yourself or...
Sarah's Favourite Bulb Combinations
I love autumn bulb planting. It’s one of the main opportunities we gardeners have to create our own style signature, to plot a great parade of colour...
Roast parsnips rolled in parmesan recipe
These are crunchy and sweet, lovely with any meat or stew, to eat with an aperitif, or as a first course dipped into crème fraîche...
Autumn garden stir-fry with peanut noodles recipe
Don't try and cook more than this in one go, as the wok will be overwhelmed. This is a delicious and quick, tasty dinner.
How to decorate a Christmas vase with the Eucalyptus Wreath
A Christmassy vase using our Eucalptus Wreath, Glass Jar Vase and everlasting flowers. Great in the middle of a table or on a windowsill for some classy...
Favourite Perennials: Acanthus 'Rue Ledan'
In this quick video, Sarah talks about one of her favourite perennials, Acanthus 'Rue Ledan'.
Dutch apple cake recipe
In Holland this is always made with the apple variety 'Belle de Boskoop' which is difficult to find here unless you grow it, so use 'Howgate Wonder' or...
Why you should grow Verbena rigida
Sarah shares with us the reasons she loves Verbena rigida, and what conditions are best to grow it in.
Why you should deadhead your sweet peas
Sarah shows you how to deadhead your sweet peas, and tells you why it's important to do so, along with her philosophy of 'the generous gardener gets the...
How to sow, grow and stake cosmos
Sarah shows you the different methods she uses to sow cosmos and stake them also. She mentions her favourite varieties for using in the vase for their...
How to plant and grow iris
We plant lots of iris bulbs at Perch Hill to start off a long bulb flower succession. They're beautiful and successful in pots, at the front of borders,...
Growing dahlias in pots
Sarah shows you her favourite dahlia varieties for pots, and gives you some tips on how to grow them successfully.
How to plant and grow asters
Asters are brilliant for the autumn garden, and the insects love them, laden with pollen and nectar.
Cosmos summer flower arrangement
In this video, Sarah shows you how to put together a lovely roadside-inspired Cosmos 'Purity' flower arrangement.
How to tie in your sweet peas
In this quick video, Sarah shows you how to tie in your sweet peas for greater production and straighter, longer stems.
How to make a sweet pea table centrepiece
Sarah shows us how to make a really quick and easy, colourful table centrepiece with sweet peas, something that is perfect for a summer party or wedding.