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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,...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Smoked chicken, mango and spring herb salad recipe
The perfect salad to eat as we, and the garden, emerge from hibernation in spring.
Kale seaweed recipe
One of my favourite snacks for a winter party – a big plate of kale seaweed, with everyone dipping in. Because of the amount of oil in the cooking,...
Wild garlic and ricotta al forno
This is rich yet fresh, and lighter than it sounds – wonderful with bread and a crunchy green salad. You can leave out the olives if you prefer....
Growing edible flowers
Sarah shows you how what sort of edible flowers she likes to grow and eat at home.
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.
How to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii
Learn how to plant and grow Nerine bowdenii, for beautiful pink flowers this autumn.
How to grow Eucomis (Pineapple flower)
Learn how to plant and grow Eucomis bulbs, for beautiful pineapple flowers in your autumn garden.
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.
How to plant at different soil levels
Growing plants one on top of another gets the most out of every square inch of your outside space.
Perfect plants to create a cottage garden style
Learn which plants to choose to create the perfect cottage garden - from pretty pinks to delicate blues and subtle whites, combine these to make...
Easter biscuits recipe
These make a wonderful gift for friends and family – perfect with a cup of tea in the morning. Or add some ginger for Christmas biscuits!
Hot cross buns recipe
A delicious treat for Easter, perfect to share with friends and family. Give as gifts or share straight from the oven or toaster with lashings of good...
Creating a wild flower meadow
Sarah talks through how she has begun to establish the wild flower meadow at Perch Hill.
Creamy watercress soup recipe
Watercress gives a peppery flavour to any dish, and is highlighted perfectly in this soup.
Lemon and anchovy purple sprouting broccoli recipe
This fresh recipe uses the best of seasonal produce with zingy, Mediterranean flavours.
Large hollow Easter egg recipe
Making homemade chocolate Easter eggs for friends and family is a fantastic gift, and fun to do!
Cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe
A great winter curry – a beautiful vegetarian dish to enjoy at home.
How to plant and grow blackcurrants
Learn how to plant, grow and harvest blackcurrants, to produce beautiful crops for years to come.
Growing rhubarb and making cordial
Sarah talks through the different varieties of rhubarb she grows in order to extend the season.
How to plant and grow onion sets
Find out how Sarah plants, grows and harvests her onion and shallot sets for maximum flavour and productivity.
How to plant and grow raspberries
Learn how to plant out raspberry canes and how to establish and grow them with Sarah's instructions.
How to grow and harvest asparagus
Learn how to plant and grow asparagus crowns and harvest their delicious spears.
Quick rhubarb chutney with cardamom recipe
This delicious rhubarb chutney is so easy to make, and is a great way of preserving a large crop of rhubarb.
How to grow potatoes in bags
Find Sarah's tips for how to grow potatoes in a container or planting bag in your small garden space.
Primrose lemon curd cupcakes recipe
A delicious and simple lemon curd cupcake recipe, a perfect treat for teatime.
Bea's stuffed cabbage leaves recipe
This Hungarian recipe is delicious – a great winter warmer, serve it hot with a dollop of natural yoghurt.
Creating beautiful summer flower containers
Sarah discusses her favourite varieties to grow together for colourful containers throughout the summer months.
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.
Top cut flower roses by Country Roses
Country Roses give their top recommendations for cut roses to grow in your garden, and to arrange in a vase.
Asparagus and Gruyère tart recipe
Asparagus and Gruyère tart is great for picnics, warm spring days and weekend lunchtimes with friends and family.
Spicy cauliflower recipe
Spring cauliflower is perfect in this spicy dish - great as a vegetable side topped with toasted nuts.
Asparagus with almonds recipe
A simple and delicious starter - asparagus with almonds is the perfect May first course.