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April in the garden
April is the busiest time in the garden, but don't panic, take things one step at a time and you'll get it all done.
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 create a butterfly garden
If we want to preserve our native butterflies, we need to grow the right plants in our gardens to encourage them.
Gardening with children – choosing the seeds
This is step 1 in a three part series that helps anyone interested in vegetable gardening with children.
Sowing seeds into gutterpipes
Sarah explains how to use lengths of gutterpipe to sow seeds - particularly useful for salads and herb seeds.
Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
Want to start a veg plot but not sure where to start? Sarah's guide will help you begin.
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 alstroemeria
Sarah's guide to growing alstroemeria, including which varieties to choose for brilliant displays in the garden and in the vase.
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 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 freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
History of the dahlia
First discovered by Aztec Indians and used for food and medicine, this tuber has an interesting history of cultivation.
The chrysanthemum trial bed at Perch Hill in autumn
Sarah talks you through the latest trial varieties of Chrysanthemums at Perch Hill, showing you her favourite flowers and explaining what she loves about...
How to bring in chrysanthemum plants in autumn
Sarah shows you how she brings in her chrysanthemum plants in the autumn, to keep them flowering until Christmas.
How to grow your own wedding: Part 1
In this series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for their 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.
Creating beautiful pot displays with Primulas
Sarah teaches us how to create beautiful pot displays for spring, using plug plants straight from the garden centre or delivered to your door via sarahraven.com
How to plant and grow strawberries
Find Sarah's tips and tricks on growing strawberries successfully, for full flavour, colour and productivity.
Growing and eating runner bean flowers
Sarah shows you how runner beans are grown with sweet peas at Perch Hill.
Sarah's guide to hardy annual flowers
Struggling to choose which hardy annual flowers to grow? Sarah's guide will help you decide.
The beautiful Wisteria at Sissinghurst is inspiring and beautiful - Sarah talks about how to prune wisteria, what colours to choose and how to grow...
The wild flowers of Sicily
On a grim stretch of Mediterranean coast, I discovered a wild flower wonderland ...
Choosing drought tolerant plants
Learn what drought resistant plants to choose during a hosepipe ban.
How to grow wild flowers in container pots
See my tips for growing wild flowers at home in container pots – perfect if you like wild flowers but are short on space!
Creating the perfect veg patch
Creating a veg patch is one of the most rewarding experiences, find out the essentials to get you started here.
Square inch gardening with Charles Dowding
Sarah meets Charles Dowding- the no-dig expert for tips on square-inch gardening.
Companion planting - protect with plants
Grow these flowers in your veg patch to help deter pests and protect your plants the natural way.
Annual flowers – create summer colour
Create summer colour with these unbeatable annual flowers. Sarah's absolute favourites for reliability and colour.