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Gardening: My little peonies

Gardening: My little peonies

Breeders have crossed the hardy herbacious peony with its flowery cousin

Sing a song of herbs

Sing a song of herbs

Herbs provide not only added flavour and aroma to dishes, but fill the garden with delightful scents

Pond life

Pond life

Despite what you might think, sinkers, soakers, floaters and chokers are all plants that are perfect for your pond

When the boom turns to bloom

When the boom turns to bloom

The recession led to a new appreciation among the Irish for their gardens: no longer seen as a status symbol, planting provides a private oasis of calm

A lark in the parks

A lark in the parks

Make your weekends easy and entertaining by taking in a garden or two. From steam engines to stately homes, you’ll find more on offer than mere plants

Bucolic Beaulieu

Bucolic Beaulieu

On the banks of the river Boyne sits Beaulieu: a 17th century country house, complete with a walled garden, a grotto and flowers bursting into bloom.

How history can plant a strong seed

How history can plant a strong seed

Ali Rochford If you need inspiration for spring, visit ancient Malahide Castle, where the season is truly in bloom

Dig deep for drama

Dig deep for drama

Ali Rochford Treat your garden like your own personal theatre – where the plants are the stars, and you’re the director – and you’ll be entertained all year round

Stick to your home turf

Stick to your home turf

Ali Rochford If you want variety in your planting, you don’t have to look beyond these shores. Ireland has a rich garden heritage all of its own

Going with the flow

Going with the flow

Ali Rochford Get set for summer in the garden, and hose down your water bills, by installing a rainwater harvesting system

Time to get tutti frutti

Time to get tutti frutti

Things are getting a little crazy in the fruit world. In fact, some fruits seem to be having an identity crisis, not really knowing what they are. But while it may be “a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up” fruit world, it is a world of flavour that bring

Gardening: A lust for growth

Gardening: A lust for growth

From Begonia ‘Red Undies’ to Salvia ‘Hot lips’ and Hosta ‘Striptease, it’s time to get dirty in the garden this Valentine’s Day

It’s time to dig deep and learn

It’s time to dig deep and learn

Turn over a new leaf this year and sign up for a gardening course – there are plenty to choose from

All kinds of everything

All kinds of everything

Few people know it, but one Dublin family is responsible for creating one of Ireland’s most famous snowdrop displays

A private passion shared

A private passion shared

Ali Rochford: a new television show is allowing the best of Irish amateur gardeners to show off their skills