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

Oriental poppy
Home & Garden

Best oriental poppy varieties

Val Bourne recommends the best varieties to grow.

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Close up of Verbascum flower
Home & Garden

How to grow verbascums

Having three or four verbascums in a sunny border creates long-term presence.

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Yellow winter aconites pushing through the snow to flower
Home & Garden

How to grow winter aconites

Winter aconites are one of first flowers to emerge in the New Year.

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Orange asiatic lilies
Home & Garden

How to grow lilies

A reader asks: 'Are lilies difficult and are they best in the ground or in containers?'

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Winter-flowering iris
Home & Garden

How to grow the winter-flowering iris

Watching the bud of a winter iris unfurl indoors is one of the great pleasures of winter.

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Aster x Frikatii 'Monch'
Home & Garden

How to grow Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Aster x frikartii 'Monch' is the best aster for British soil.

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Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'
Home & Garden

How to grow heleniums

Flame-coloured heleniums add a burst of warm colour to a late summer garden.

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Purple and blue coloured Penstemon
Home & Garden

How to grow penstemons

Grow penstemons for long-lasting summer colour.

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Auriculas in flower pots
Home & Garden

How to grow auriculas

Find out how to grow auriculas, a beautiful and varied alpine.

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