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.
A reader asks which organic insecticides, composts, fertilisers and plant feeds to use.
Every summer we go on holiday and come back to dried-up containers. Is there anything capable of surviving for two weeks without water?
How to choose and plant winter interest ferns to liven up your garden.
An ornamental tree can bring colour and presence to even the smallest garden.
When you've got a garden full of shrubs and want to prune them, where to start?
Read our tips for growing sweet peas for colour and scent in your garden.
Find out how to propagate and grow your own box to avoid blight.
Hydrangeas produce showy heads in a variety of forms.
Grow spring-flowering viburnum for clusters of highly fragrant flowers.