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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...
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...
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.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums
Learn how to plant and care for your chrysanthemums for full colour and stunning flowers.
Caring for delphiniums
Delphiniums 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 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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Sweet potatoes
As a nation, we’re devoted to potatoes, eaten every which way. But why not use more of the healthy, coral-orange sweet potato?
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad
Eating a good leaf salad every day isn’t a hardship. A lettuce-based salad contains vitamins A, C and K, along with lots of dietary fibre and minerals,...
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.
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.
Sarah's Superfoods: Spring salad recipes
Try to include a salad in at least one of your daily meals, and it doesn’t just have to be lunch or dinner – you’ll be all the better...
Smoked chicken, mango and spring herb salad recipe
The perfect salad to eat as we, and the garden, emerge from hibernation in spring.
Wild garlic and ricotta al forno recipe
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....
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.
Iranian herb and feta salad recipe
A simple and delicious starter that's perfect for spring. Almost no preparation needed – everyone helps themselves to fill their own pitta bread.
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.
Sowing and growing foxgloves
Sarah shares her tips on how to grow foxgloves from seed, where to plant, and tips on how to use them as a cut flower.
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 make a flower grid
Create a beautiful flower arrangment in a shallow bowl by using a flower grid. Follow these tips to easily make one.
Planting artichokes with alliums
Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.