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.
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Grow Solomon's seal for clusters of bell-shaped white flowers in a shady border.
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Spring-flowering bulbs such as muscari and scilla are hardy and easy to grow.
The New Year is an excellent time to stock up on your seeds, whether it's vegetables or flowers, ready for an action packed spring
Hyacinths make wonderful indoor plants in the dark days of winter.
Get your winter garden up to scratch by planting evergreens.
Few plants shine in late-autumn light as well as Pampas grass.