Gardening: 5 of the best garden tool sets

We look at 5 of the best garden tool sets

Have you been breaking the law?

Seven laws you might be breaking in your own garden without realising it

Thousands of British gardeners are at risk of becoming unwitting criminals due to a lack of knowledge of basic gardening laws, experts have claimed.

RHAPSODY IN BLUE: Agapanthus is known as the lily of the Nile.

Gardening: Agapanthus - the look of love

Agapanthus produce blooms to die for, but they need TLC to survive the winter, writes David Overend.

BOWLED OVER: Paeonia lactiflora 
Bowl of Beauty.

Gardening: In for a paeony

This stunning flower will stand out in the crowd with a richly-scented spectacle. David Overend reports.

HOME COMFORTS: The cape fuchsia is quite happy growing in the UK.

Gardening: Cape of good looks

This visitor from South Africa has adapted well to life in Britain. David Overend reports.

ALL GROW: Celebrate the glory of wild flowers on National Meadows Day next week.

Gardening: From meadows to motorway embankments, how we fell back in love with wildflowers

From meadows to motorway embankments, wild flowers are everywhere, writes David Overend.

ARRANGING A LAWN: Get to grip with weeds before they become a big problem.

Gardening: Lawn rangers

Don’t let the grass grow under your feet without ensuring its weed-free and trimmed, writes David Overend.

SOLID GOLD: Alyssum is a favourite 
choice for rockeries and sunny walls.

Gardening: Blazing a trail

David Overend salutes the hard-working spring flowers that are enjoying their final burst of colour.

WILD THING: The scent of onions  and a sea of white flowers.

Gardening: Go wild for garlic

One woodland plant is as much as part of spring as bluebells, but tasty too. David Overend reports.

PRETTY IN PINK: But the traditional bluebell is something very different.

Gardening: Beating the blues

The traditional woodland delight has been fighting off a foreign invader. David Overend reports.

SPRING SHOW: Leave daffodil leaves alone for six weeks after the flowers die off.

Gardening: A knotty problem

What not to do with daffs after the flowers die to get the best show next year. David Overend reports.

SPRING SENSATION: A mature pieris.

Gardening: Stalwarts and all

If the soil is acid-rich, the vivid colours of pieris will brighten up your garden, writes David Overend.

IN THE PINK: Magnolia sargentiana in all its glory.

Gardening: Pretty in pink

Sometimes, plants need a rest; they have performed magnificently – to the point of exhaustion – and they know when it’s time to take time for themselves.

IN THE PINK: Spring likes to make the most of camellias and their peony-like flowers.

Gardening: Meet my Debbie

David Overend reveals how he fell head over heels for a China girl who put down roots in deepest Wales.

PLUM LINE: The purple-leaved plum has found a place in the hearts of many gardeners.

Gardening: Brightness falls

Prunus cerasifera pissardii is a bit of a mouthful, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming widely grown in gardens throughout the country.

IN THE PINK: Viburnum tinus Eve Price is now a mainstay of many British gardens.

Gardening: Adam and Eve it

This is all about Eve; not about the film starring Bette Davis, nor even about the British goth band with Yorkshire connections, famed for their hit Martha’s Harbour, but all about the evergreen shrub ‘Eve Price’.

FLOWER POWER: Spring colour from Bergenia cordifolia.

Gardening: What’s this ear?

Why do we give so many daft names to plants? Is it because we can’t remember their proper Latin names or is it because we like to make them seem a bit more approachable, a bit more like a member of the family?

SOMETHING SPECIAL: Hellebores have so much to offer the garden.

Gardening: Cold comforts

Any plants that flower at the coldest time of the year deserve extra attention, but the hellebore is a special case even among this select group.

FRUITFUL: Raspberries are well worth the effort.

Gardening: Just desserts

February may be potentially the worst month of winter but it is also the time for raspberries – pruning the autumn-fruiting canes down to the ground and planting bare-rooted plants of the summer-fruiting varieties.

SMALL WONDER: Cyclamen coum grow well with snowdrops.

Gardening: Stars of winter

Many gardeners probably had a lovely show of container-grown flowers last year, but, then, come the colder months, they struggled to succeed with any colourful plants to take their place.

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