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Homes and Gardens

  • Salvias For Summer And Beyond

    If you’re looking for easygoing, heat-tolerant plants with a long-flowering season, (and who isn’t?) you can do no better than salvias, writes Flo Whitaker

  • The Loveliest Of Trees

    Ornamental cherry trees have the curious ability to hide themselves in plain sight. We scarcely notice them for much of the year, but they’re currently putting on some breathtaking displays, observes Flo Whitaker

  • At Home In A White Hut

    Advertising Feature: Ruth Lawrence recently ventured to Cooksbridge to discover how the White Hut Company has garnered a well-earned reputation for creating beautiful, bespoke shepherd’s huts with all the comforts of home

  • The Oldest Of Trees

    Ginkgo biloba is the only example of the oldest living tree species and has been called a living fossil as explained by the ever-youthful Peter Erridge

  • A Very Fine Furnishing Experience

    Advertising Feature: The industrious team at Fine Furnishings create bespoke furniture at their Lindfield base, so we sent Robert Veitch along to see the team in action and learn more about what they do

  • Built To Last

    Advertising Feature: Ruth Lawrence recently travelled to Hurstpierpoint to meet Matthew Dale and Dan Powell, whose company, Sussex Stoneworks, has built a reputation for top quality kitchens boasting a dizzying array of quartz, marble and solid granite worktops

  • Sow Delicious

    Got a greenhouse? Is there anything growing in it, or has it become a sad dumping ground for broken garden paraphernalia? Have a spring clear-out, says Flo Whitaker, take the junk to the recycling centre and make space for some nutritious summer veg!

  • A Green Thumbs Up

    Advertising Feature: With spring on the horizon we sent Robert Veitch to meet the experts at GreenThumb who are working hard to create beautiful, healthy lawns for their customers, all year round

  • No Throwing Stones

    Hailing from Roman times and perfectly executed by the Victorians, greenhouses are a mainstay of the British garden. Join Sara Whatley for a greenhouse discovery tour

  • Garden Harmony

    Advertising Feature: Organic Gardens Sussex strive to create beautiful gardens, naturally. Ruth Lawrence learns about this conscientious company and their symbiosis with nature

  • Choosing The Perfect Wood Burning Stove

    Advertising Feature: Need help choosing a wood burning stove for your home? Sussex Eco Solutions cover the top five considerations to help find your perfect wood burner

  • Woodland Gems

    The term ‘woodland’ instantly conjures up an image of a vast acreage, complete with ancient trees. Plants labelled ideal for a woodland setting are often assumed to be unsuitable by folk with just a modest-sized plot to offer – but, think again, says Flo Whitaker

  • Look Smart, Act Smart

    It’s time to start thinking smart about our homes. Tailor your home to your needs and help to combat the climate crisis as well; Sara Whatley gives you some suggestions how

  • What's It All About?

    Plant catalogues can be a bewildering read, particularly for the novice gardener. Never fear – Flo Whitaker’s horticultural translation service is here to help guide you through the marketing jargon

  • Here's Looking At Yew

    Truly ‘yew-nique’; the yew is unlike any other tree. It’s a conifer, yet produces no cones or needle; and it can, potentially, live forever. Some of the world’s oldest yews grow in the British Isles. Flo Whitaker visits an old friend and imagines its life story – so far…

  • ‘Threatened Plant of the Year 2021’ competition launched

    Plant Heritage calls for garden enthusiasts across the UK to enter competition which celebrates rare and unusual plants.

  • Spindles, Skewers and Toothpicks: The Euonymus genus

    The euonymus genus contains over 150 varieties in the form of shrubs and trees, so there should be one type available to brighten every garden throughout the year

  • Blaze Away! A Look at Fiery Acers

    Versatile and long-lived, no plants give better fiery autumnal colours than acers.

  • Wonderful Workspaces: Setting up a Home Office

    In today’s climate, home offices have never been more desirable. We've got this advice for designing your own stylish workspace

  • Blooming Times: Oh Sow Spinach (and other Autumn Vegetables)

    It’s all go on the veg patch this month. Sow hardy winter greens and plant onions for a tasty crop next year

  • Grate Accessories: Adding to your Fireplace

    September is the perfect time to customise your fireplace with a few stylish design tweaks

  • The Heat is on: Tips for the Colder Months

    As we move into the cooler months, here's our top tips on the safest and most cost efficient ways to stay warm at home

  • Planet-friendly Living: The Positives of the Eco Home

    Beautiful, sustainable and cheap to maintain, it’s no surprise that eco homes are popping up everywhere from city centres to the remote countryside

  • Queen of the Blues: Agapanthus in Late Summer

    Coming in every shade from darkest inky purple to purest white, no summer garden is complete without the extraordinary blooms of agapanthus

  • Dressing Up: Getting the Perfect Window Display For Your Home

    The right window dressing can transform the look and feel of a room without the need for a complete interior revamp. Take inspiration from the latest trends to redesign your window space

  • Blooming Times: The Beauty of Lavender

    Some plants manage to look good in any setting. Whether your garden has a traditional or contemporary design, be sure to include some lavender

  • Let There Be Light: Finding you the Perfect Light-Filled Space

    Bring some sunlight into your home with our complete guide to conservatories, orangeries and bi-fold doors

  • Orchids and Mrs Mugridge: A Wander up a Sussex Beauty Spot

    The sight of wild orchids in their natural environment can be an uplifting experience, so we spoke to Mrs Mugridge, who’s been orchid spotting on the South Downs for as long as she can remember

  • Caring for Houseplants

    Were you gifted a houseplant at Christmas? Wondering what to do with it now? Hippeastrum (amaryllis) are extraordinary plants. Their huge bulbs can develop flowering spikes 60cms tall within six weeks. They are often sold as a kit, complete with flowerpot and compost.

  • The Dirt on Hedges

    Hedging is an important feature in many domestic and agricultural settings, designating boundary, providing habitat for wildlife and privacy for humans, and actually being a thing of beauty. Peter Erridge tells us more

  • Your Guide to Maximising Your Sale

    Steaming coffee and the aroma of freshly baked bread does not guarantee a sale, considering that the majority of buyers will view several properties, every little bit counts to help your's fall top of the shortlist.