Val writes for The Daily Telegraph, Saga Magazine and many others and has been awarded the Garden Media Journalist of the Year and Columnist of the Year. She is also the author of many books, including The Living Jigsaw and The Ten-Minute Gardener. Val also judges the perennial and dahlia trials at RHS Wisley. Her website can be found at www.valbourne.co.uk.
Ranunculus, or Persian buttercups, are a popular flower for cut flower gardens.
Acanthus, or bear's breeches, are tall architectural perennials.
Astrantias are easy and undemanding perennials
During dry weather you might find a white powder on the foliage of plants.
What to look for when buying secateurs, and the best on the market.
How to protect brassicas from hungry caterpillars.
A rewarding crop for anyone with the space and patience to grow it.
Aloe vera is an easy plant to grow and it's useful to keep for its medicinal properties.
Lots of vegetables can be stored, frozen or even left in the ground to enjoy over winter.