Best garden plants to suit your soil and growing tips plus top varieties for easy success

A traditional English rose garden © iStock

The romantic cottage-garden image is unkempt and informal, with bulging borders spilling on to pathways filled with a joyful jumble of old-fashioned flowers with fruit bushes, vegetables and herbs squeezed…

Summer garden: Bulbs

February to March ✤ Sow frost-sensitive summer-bedding seeds, such as pelargoniums, in pots on a warm windowsill. For something a bit different, sow and grow climbers, such as Chilean Glory…

Flowering houseplants

Houseplants make a home healthier, cleaning the air from airborne contaminants and allowing you to breathe more easily. They also make a room feel cosier and with a bit of…

Ferns

Lush ferny foliage can bring low-maintenance splendour to shade, and when mass-planted will allow you to transform an otherwise drab area into a leafy, tranquil paradise where you can sit,…

Bamboo

Bamboo can be relied on to add texture and colour to an evergreen planting scheme and wind filtering through the stiff canes makes a gentle rustling sound, which in urban…

Orange and purple flowers

Ideas for strong bright colours Imagine how much more inviting a sunny patio will look with containers filled with blooms in the tropical shades of scarlet and orange. To maintain…

Debbie Dearnley's garden

It’s clear that Women’s Weekly readers love spending time outside. And after flicking through all of these glorious backyard photographs we’ve been sent, we’re certain you’ll agree that our community…

A herb garden

A herb garden filled with herbs must be some of the hardest-working plants around. Not only do they look good and smell wonderful, they bring bees and other useful insects…

Get out in the garden in November and prepare your garden for winter – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

There is plenty to do in your garden in October – follow our expert tips and advice to make a gardening to-do list. Read our guide now…

Growing lavender: if you dry your crop you're beautifully smelling plants will last for ages and look delightful  © iStock

I’m sure that when the Romans packed sprigs of lavender (their favourite deodorant) into their toiletry bags before they crossed stormy seas to invade Britain, they wouldn’t have imagined that,…

Sorbus aucuparia asplenifolia tree growing tips

There’s a perfect tree for every kind of garden. Gledista triacanthus ‘Sunburst’ Deciduous Soil type: Moist but well-drained soil This exotic-looking honey locust tree is virtually thornless. The young leaves…

Cut out crossing branches to keep plants healthy and encourage growth ©iStock

Cultivating soil is fundamental to good gardening. It improves the soil’s structure as reducing compaction increases aeration, so that more air gets to plant roots and drainage is enhanced. How…

Astilbe x arendsii 'Red Sentinel' is a perfect plant partner for Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'© Alamy

Create maximum impact in your borders and plant together these matches made in heaven, says Adrienne Wild For success in your planting schemes, fortune favours the brave. The most experienced gardeners…