Val Bourne

Val Bourne

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.

Latest Articles from Val

Ladybird on a blade of grass
Home & Garden

Q&A: organic insecticides, composts, fertilisers and plant feeds

A reader asks which organic insecticides, composts, fertilisers and plant feeds to use.

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Pink pelargonium
Home & Garden

Container plants: summer survival solutions

Every summer we go on holiday and come back to dried-up containers. Is there anything capable of surviving for two weeks without water?

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Asplenium scolopendrium fern
Home & Garden

The best ferns for winter interest

How to choose and plant winter interest ferns to liven up your garden.

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Ornamental hawthorn tree branch with red fruits
Home & Garden

Growing ornamental trees

An ornamental tree can bring colour and presence to even the smallest garden.

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Buddleja bush with butterflies
Home & Garden

Pruning shrubs

When you've got a garden full of shrubs and want to prune them, where to start?

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Sweet peas growing in cottage garden
Home & Garden

How to grow sweet peas

Read our tips for growing sweet peas for colour and scent in your garden.

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Box
Home & Garden

Propagate your own box to avoid blight

Find out how to propagate and grow your own box to avoid blight.

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Hydrangea arborescens
Home & Garden

Hydrangea varieties

Hydrangeas produce showy heads in a variety of forms.

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Flwoering viburnum in the garden
Home & Garden

How to grow spring-flowering viburnums

Grow spring-flowering viburnum for clusters of highly fragrant flowers.

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