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Don't go near a plant with blunt secateurs – cuts must be crisp and clean so you need a sharp blade, writes John Hoyland.

Hayter mower

We’ve three Harrier 48 mowers to be won, worth £870 each!


Get set for the season ahead with the most exciting and worthwhile seeds. Alys Fowler reviews her favourite catalogues.

Carol Klein

Carol suggests beautiful plants to adorn your garden this February, come frost or snow

Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo

The snowdrops have been wonderful this year – I’m not sure if they've been especially numerous, but I tend to think perhaps it’s psychological…

Blog by deputy editor, Sorrel Everton

Jacob's Ladder designed by Jeffrey Hewitt, Chelsea 2009

Don’t forget to book your Chelsea Flower Show tickets

Annuals border design
Design, Plants

Dutch nursery owners and planting designers Helen Lewis and Wilko Karmelk create a stunning chic and cheerful border using mainly annuals. Read the article and download their planting plan here:

The Posh Shed Company

A garden shed plays a vital role in the garden, either for the storage of equipment, or as an important work space. Andrew Wilson gives his design considerations

Tulipa 'Angelique'

Spring is here! We pick five of the best springtime gardens to visit for their early displays of flowers

Tom Stuart-Smith 2008 Chelsea garden

Andrew Wilson looks at cutting edge flourishes that make a garden unique

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