Val is an award-winning garden writer, photographer and lecturer.
Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others and has been awarded the Garden Media Journalist of the Year. Val also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley. Her website can be found at www.valbourne.co.uk.
For sculptural forms and glistening branches in winter, choose conifers.
These members of the onion family are the hardiest crop of all.
Val Bourne recommends the best birch trees and explains how to choose one.
Nutteries provide an ideal canopy for all manner of woodlanders.
How to grow Japanese acers for autumn colour.
With a wide variety of flower forms there's a sanguisorba to suit every taste.
Few flowers look as cheerful in the autumn light.
What is the best hedging for your garden? How to plant and when to prune it.
Find out how to grow the much-loved bearded irises.