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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 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 plant and grow clematis
Transform a pergola or wall with wonderful clematis, or be more adventurous and plant one of them through a tree.
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...
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.
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...
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’...
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,...
Tutti Frutti Kulfi recipe
One of my favourite puddings – a healthy, non dairy ice-cream. You can cut the calories ever further by using light coconut milk.
How to make a hand-tied bunch
It's easy to make a hand tied bunch of flowers, in this step-by-step Sarah shows you how.
How to make a pretty homegrown bridal posy
Sarah creates a wedding bouquet in the cutting patch at Perch Hill.
British cut flowers
Sarah discusses the British cut flowers industry, an in particular looks at our best roses.
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 grow your own wedding: Part 2
In part 2 of our Grow Your Own Wedding Series, Sarah talks about how she grew the food and flowers for the wedding of her 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.
Gardening with children – planting
Read part 3 of Sarah's gardening with children series, to find out about planting out and harvesting your vegetables.
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.
Planting artichokes with alliums
Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.
Rose-geranium and lemon cordial recipe
This simple and delicious recipe is perfect for early autumn drinks, when the scented leaf pelargoniums are at their best.
Floral spring centrepiece, using a flower grid
Sarah shows you how to make a beautiful table centrepiece, using tulips and a simple flower grid.
How to create a delicious organic salad
Learn Sarah's five simple steps to a delicious salad, and her favourite salad ingredients to grow at home.
Pollinator super plants
Sarah talks about her favourite pollinator friendly plants for each month of the year.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
Growing and eating runner bean flowers
Sarah shows you how runner beans are grown with sweet peas at Perch Hill.
Pelargonium-scented strawberry jam recipe
This strawberry jam is scented with pelargonium leaves, which adds a delicious, unique flavour.
My top wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties
Here are my favourite wild flower mixes and garden-worthy varieties of wildflower for growing in your garden.
Asparagus and Gruyère tart recipe
Asparagus and Gruyère tart is great for picnics, warm spring days and weekend lunchtimes with friends and family.
Cardamom and poppy seed ice cream
A delicious treat for a hot summer's day - this cardamon and poppy seed ice cream is luxurious and unusual, and perfect to share with friends.
The beautiful Wisteria at Sissinghurst is inspiring and beautiful - Sarah talks about how to prune wisteria, what colours to choose and how to grow...
Ricotta al forno recipe
This delicious baked ricotta dish is a yummy late spring and early summer treat to accompany a fresh salad for lunch.
Top 5 vegetable seeds to sow in May
If you're going to limit your vegetable sowing in May these are the top 5 you must plant.
Asparagus with almonds recipe
A simple and delicious starter - asparagus with almonds is the perfect May first course.
Chilled asparagus soup recipe
The perfect spring and summer dish - this chilled asparagus soup is the perfect light lunch or delicate starter.
Choosing drought tolerant plants
Learn what drought resistant plants to choose during a hosepipe ban.
How to plant and grow freesias
Tips and tricks for successful planting and cultivation of this beautiful plant with a gorgeous fragrant flower.