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Bring a touch of the Med to your garden

John Manley
AT the beginning of the year, the Royal Horticultural Society advised gardeners to choose more Mediterranean plants, making their gardens drought-proof.

The Casual Gardener: Know your ornamental onions

John Manley
WE HAVE lift off. As mid-summer fast approaches, the ornamental garden has responded accordingly – the billowing foliage of the cranesbill geraniums topped by pink and mauve flowers, bees buzzing around the bright yellow emerging blooms of the Anthemis, while the papery, red oriental poppies burst from buds resembling furry alien eggs.

Gardening: Innovative, eco-friendly and smart gardening products of the year

Want a composter with a difference? Or a light that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker? Or even a pot or seed tray made from bamboo? These are just some of the finalists for the RHS Chelsea Product of the Year title which may take your fancy in the coming months, whether you're looking for the practical, the sustainable or the high tech.

Casual Gardener: Say 'hello' to the hostas

John Manley
NO MATTER how well we think we know spring and its associations with rebirth and reinvigoration, it still has a habit of springing surprises and reminding us what a magical season it is.