‘Good-bye, good-bye to Summer! For Summer’s nearly done,’ wrote William Allingham. Prolong the garden’s plumage with late flowering plants
Ireland’s climate makes it the perfect place for planting hydrangeas, and there are colours and varieties to suit any garden
Get yourself back to the garden this summer by paying a visit to one – or more – of Ireland’s numerous beautiful attractions for a great day out.
Listed among the top ten landmarks in Ireland, the sprawling gardens at Mount Congreve in Co Waterford are a delight for visitors
Ali Rochford The minimal maintenance needed by succulents means that these fleshy beauties are back in fashion
Breeders have crossed the hardy herbacious peony with its flowery cousin
Herbs provide not only added flavour and aroma to dishes, but fill the garden with delightful scents
Despite what you might think, sinkers, soakers, floaters and chokers are all plants that are perfect for your pond
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
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
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.
Ali Rochford If you need inspiration for spring, visit ancient Malahide Castle, where the season is truly in bloom
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
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
Ali Rochford Get set for summer in the garden, and hose down your water bills, by installing a rainwater harvesting system