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.
Find out how to make a dried out August garden bearable.
Some of the best of these vibrant, sunny blooms for your late summer garden.
How to grow, prune and train a laburnum, the striking May-flowering tree with 'golden chains' of delicate yellow flowers.
Redcurrants are very easy to grow at home.
Shrubby salvias sparkle in full sun and can survive harsh winters.
Find out which flowers to sow and how to grow them.
The best varieties of hardy geraniums will flower continuously all summer long
Find out how easy it is to grow runner and French beans.
Find out which verbenas make excellent hardy plants.