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.
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.
Val Bourne recommends the best varieties to grow.
Having three or four verbascums in a sunny border creates long-term presence.
Winter aconites are one of first flowers to emerge in the New Year.
A reader asks: 'Are lilies difficult and are they best in the ground or in containers?'
Watching the bud of a winter iris unfurl indoors is one of the great pleasures of winter.