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Getting better all the time: Ardgillan Castle's garden

Getting better all the time: Ardgillan Castle's garden

The north Dublin estate doesn't have the big-name cachet of others but its appeal is there for all to see

Blake’s heaven: Hunting Brook in Co Wicklow is the pride and joy of Jimi Blake

Blake’s heaven: Hunting Brook in Co Wicklow is the pride and joy of Jimi Blake

Blake is never afraid to experiment with all things exotic and eye-catching

Show off your late bloomers

Show off your late bloomers

‘Good-bye, good-bye to Summer! For Summer’s nearly done,’ wrote William Allingham. Prolong the garden’s plumage with late flowering plants

Cultivate your hydrangea habit

Cultivate your hydrangea habit

Ireland’s climate makes it the perfect place for planting hydrangeas, and there are colours and varieties to suit any garden

Garden party

Garden party

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.

Glades of glory

Glades of glory

Listed among the top ten landmarks in Ireland, the sprawling gardens at Mount Congreve in Co Waterford are a delight for visitors

Pleasures  of  the  flesh

Pleasures of the flesh

Ali Rochford The minimal maintenance needed by succulents means that these fleshy beauties are back in fashion

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