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.
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.
Aster x frikartii 'Monch' is the best aster for British soil.
Flame-coloured heleniums add a burst of warm colour to a late summer garden.
Grow penstemons for long-lasting summer colour.
Find out how to grow auriculas, a beautiful and varied alpine.