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Thai prawn, mango and coconut lettuce parcels recipe
I love this when the weather's warm and sunny, piling the different ingredients on to individual lettuce leaves and then folding the leaves into parcels.
Summer Berry Jelly
A summer pudding with no bread, and light on the jelly, which is made from freshly juiced apples, holding together many punnets of super-healthy berries....
Strawberry and passion-fruit sorbet recipe
Strawberries and passion fruit are both sweet so here you don't need the usual piles of sugar of the average sorbet or ice-cream. The occasional crunch...
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiums make wonderful summer vertical plants and cut flowers - find out how to get the most from them in your garden.
Pea Soup with Mint and Dill
This takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and it’s fine made with frozen peas instead of fresh. Many pea soups include a little sugar,...
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,...