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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.
How to plant and grow aquilegias
Aquilegias are invaluable for flowering in May and early June when there is suprisingly little colour in the garden.
Cosmos summer flower arrangement
In this video, Sarah shows you how to put together a lovely roadside-inspired Cosmos 'Purity' flower arrangement.
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 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 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 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.
Roasted beetroot, yoghurt and hazelnut salad recipe
In early summer – when beetroots are still small and the leaves young and tender, this is traditionally served with the beetroot and yoghurt salad...
Herb salad with halloumi and chorizo recipe
This is at its best with the halloumi and chorizo straight out of the pan, so get everything ready and then cook them both last.
Courgette balls with summer salsa recipe
This is ideal as an appetiser or canapés at a party, using the sauce as a dip. It looks good with yellow and green courgettes mixed together as...
How to grow and harvest beetroot
In this video, Sarah Raven shows you how to grow and harvest beetroot for maximum productivity and excellent flavour. She discusses her favourite varieties...
Quinoa, courgette and lemon salad recipe
Quinoa is filling – a little goes a long way. It's a seed from the goosefoot or fat hen family, so it's a good source of protein, gluten-free, easy...
What to do with your allium seedheads
In this video Sarah shows you her favourite allium varieties for drying, and talks about how to dry them and then spray them for Christmas decorations.
Slow-cooked tomato with feta and basil salad recipe
Use your oven to 'sun-dry' your tomatoes. This retains their sweetness, does not dry them out too much and preserves them short-term.
The Oast Garden in July
Follow Sarah Raven through the Oast garden at Perch Hill in July – bold and brilliant and alive with colour.
How to make a summer wreath
Perfect for a wedding or summer party, this summer wreath takes about 45 minutes to make and is full of beautiful summer flowers.
Favourite Perennials: Hydrangea 'Madame Emile Mouillere'
Sarah shares with you one of her favourite perennials shrubs, which looks great in the vase and the garden, changing colours with the seasons.
How to plant and grow clematis
Transform a pergola or wall with wonderful clematis, or be more adventurous and plant one of them through a tree.
A brief history of daffodils
From the Greek myth to it's natural European habitats and 19th century breeding...
Introducing Tulip 'Sarah Raven'
Sarah introduces the tulip that she has championed in the fields of Holland over the last few years, explaining why she loves this particular tulip and...
A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill
Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She explains...
Beer-can chicken recipe
Although bizarre, the technique used here is an excellent way to cook a chicken, with the bird steamed from the inside at the same time as being roasted...
Choosing the best alstroemerias
Growing alstroemerias from the newly bred hybrid types – developed by people such as the late James Smith, Parigo and Mark Bridgen – will...
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.
The secret of a good pizza is a crisp wafer-thin base and the keys to that are in the dough recipe and in rolling it very thinly. Sarah shares her favourite...
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.
Top tips for growing tulips
Sarah shares her top tips for growing tulips successfully, from how deep to plant them to what sort of soil you should use.
Rhubarb syllabub recipe
This is a classic spring pudding – easy and quick to make, as well as being light, frothy and delicious.
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...
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli recipes
Try Sarah's delicious Smoked Mackerel, Broccoli and Almond Salad, or the tasty Broccoli and Cauliflower Falafel Fritters with Sweet and Sour Tomato Sauce.
How to freeze flowers
I like freezing the small edible flowers – anchusas, borage, pansies and violas – in ice or olive oil cubes.
Sarah's Superfoods: Broccoli
Broccoli has long been regarded as a nutritious choice, but it has now joined the super league. Like all green vegetables, it is rich in fibre, full of...
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’...
The very best annual climbers
Sow these climbers in your garden in the spring, and you'll enjoy them well into the autumn.
Understanding dahlia groups
A list of the different dahlia groups, along with some classification info and an example of a variety in each group.