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.
Highly scented compact plants for a sunny garden.
Grow fragrant honeysuckles near gates and seating areas.
A summer squash that can easily be grown in the garden or in containers.
Camellias are colourful shrubs that do well in dappled light.
Annual flowers can easily be grown from seed in trays or straight in the ground.
Wisteria is a climber with beautiful hanging flowers.
Hebes are good plants for exposed, windy gardens.
A colourful perennial that's ideal for borders and hanging baskets.
The Peruvian lily alstroemeria makes a wonderful cut flower.