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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.
In Your Garden Today
Cold it may be but the joy of awakening to views of frosted fields and bright winter skies is a gift for any gardener...and long may it continue.
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...
Christmas pudding recipe
This recipe, adapted from Constance Spry, makes a pudding with great texture and flavour, including whole almonds and masses of dried fruit. It's the...
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.
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...