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 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.

Latest Articles from Val

California lilac (ceanothus)
Home & Garden

How to grow ceanothus

Ceanothus, or California lilacs, are beautiful blue pollinator-friendly shrubs.

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Compost in hands
Home & Garden

Peat-free compost

How moving away from peat can help the environment, and what the best brands are.

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Shady border in a north-facing garden
Home & Garden

Choosing plants for a north-facing garden

Discover what flowers, shrubs and foliage can thrive in a shady border.

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Potted strawberry plant
Home & Garden

Growing fruit in pots

Even the smallest balcony or patio can be used to grow fruit.

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Tomatoes, salad and herbs growing in pots on a balcony
Home & Garden

Growing vegetables in containers

Make the most of even the smallest patio or balcony by growing veg in pots.

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Wooden pergola with wisteria flowers hanging down
Home & Garden

The best climbers for pergolas

The best climbing plants for pergolas and arches, for sunny or shady spots.

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Roses growing over arch
Home & Garden

Growing roses on arches and pergolas

Find out about the best rose varieties to train on an arch, pergola or trellis.

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Harvesting sweet potatoes
Home & Garden

Growing sweet potatoes in the UK

Sweet potatoes are a good option for a gardener looking for something a bit different.

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Snapdragons (Antirrhinum)
Home & Garden

How to grow snapdragons

Snapdragons flower all summer long and make excellent cut flowers.

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