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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.
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.
Find out how you can stop pinks (dianthus) becoming straggly.
Find out how to grow this striking wildflower that's suited to shady gardens.
Keep your apple and pear trees pruned to maintain their health.
Native flowers can help create a beautiful wildlife-friendly garden.