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

Pink aquilegias
Home & Garden

Planting for dry shaded areas

How to successfully grow plants in shaded garden areas

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Pink tulips growing in the garden
Home & Garden

Planting late tulip bulbs

Is it true you can still plant tulip bulbs up till Christmas?

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Purple crocuses in spring
Home & Garden

Q&A: how to naturalise bulbs

A reader asks: I'd like to naturalise some bulbs in my lawn and I'm not sure what to plant, when to do it or how to?

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Fragrant white and yellow jasmine flowers
Home & Garden

How to add fragrant plants to your garden

Which fragrant plants are best for summer?

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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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