The Garden of Ninfa, Italy

Isobel Walsh pays a visit to a gem of a garden which has grown up among the ruins of a medieval town in southern Italy

Survival guide to opening your garden

How garden owners who open several days a week survive is a mystery, says Roy Strong who is looking forward to the end of the garden visiting season. And yet…

Planting to Beat the Hosepipe Bans

The hosepipe ban has affected different gardeners in different ways; Mark Griffiths shares his tips for how to make the most of limited amounts of water in this hot weather.

Gardening in Midsummer

The contrast between purple and scarlet in an area known as the Bishop's Garden reminds Mary-Anne Robb of ancient stained glass windows in churches.

Growing olive trees in Provence

The olive tree is a Mediterranean staple, but Louisa Jones wonders from the vantage point of her home in Provence whether so much single-species planting is wise.

Penshurst Place Peonies

Kathryn Bradley Hole celebrates the 'sumptous colouring and noble form', as well as the powerful scent, of the peony.

Splendours of Irish sibirica

When iris's Siberian eyes are smiling, it is even more of a pleasure to spend time in the garden, finds David Wheeler.