You can mix up different varieties of zinnias for a colourful garden.

Plant colourful summer zinnias

Tue, 02/11/2021 - 1:20pm

Looking for an easygoing plant that doesn’t mind the heat of summer and does equally well in sprawling gardens or containers on balconies? Zinnias are the answer. 

A mix of 'Picote' and 'Purity' cosmos flowers.

Growing cosmos flowers is easy!

Wed, 06/10/2021 - 4:22pm

The versatile cosmos is a generous and easy addition to your cut-flower patch, writes Eliza Henry-Jones.

The electric hued blue native, Lechenaultia biloba.

Blooming blue flowers!

Wed, 25/11/2020 - 4:45pm

Although blue flowers are relatively rare, they are well worth searching out, writes Helen McKerral, adding beauty and colour to your garden.

Red poppy

Poppy planting time

Sat, 11/05/2019 - 2:40pm

Planting poppy seed, Penny Woodward explains, takes a little care.

Peace rose

Roses of yesteryear

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 12:00am

Penny Woodward investigates roses of yesteryear, and lists her top picks. 



Sat, 16/12/2017 - 2:29pm

Penny Woodward says that despite its delicate looks, love-in-a-mist is surprisingly tough and easy to grow.

Red salvia flowers

Shimmering salvias

Tue, 18/07/2017 - 2:35pm

Penny Woodward says she wouldn't be without these surperb ornamental salvias in her garden.

RBGV herbarium

Gardens for the future?

Sun, 14/08/2016 - 6:03pm

PENNY WOODWARD says that you can have your say about these iconic gardens.