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Homes and Gardens

  • Create A Herby Paradise

    No garden is complete without a few herbs, writes Flo Whitaker. Herb gardens are beautiful and practical – and you don’t have to break the bank to make one

  • Advertising Feature: Make Home Beautiful

    Advertising Feature: Offering everything from bespoke soft furnishings and room styling to gifts from local designers, Caroline at Home is one of Haywards Heath’s hidden treasures, as Hanna Prince finds out

  • Advertising Feature: Acorn Sales & Letting Agency

    Advertising Feature: As lockdown eases, visitors to The Orchards in Haywards Heath will notice an exciting new addition to the shopping centre called Acorn Sales & Letting Agency. Lisa de Silva paid them a visit recently

  • Advertising Feature: Sage Advice For The Garden

    Advertising Feature: Garden Sage was born with the ethos of providing quality plants and sound horticultural advice. After five years and a recent move to a new home near Henfield, Robert Veitch went to see how far they’ve come

  • Easy Beans

    This month, Flo Whitaker’s on the veg patch. If you’re new to veg growing, you can be sure of success with beans – and now’s the best time to plant them

  • Ferntastic

    Dinosaurs ate them, and the Victorians obsessed about them; ferns are astonishing survivors from the prehistoric world and still have the power to enchant us, writes Flo Whitaker

  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

    The delight of awaking refreshed after an undisturbed eight hours’ sleep is what Lisa de Silva would like everyone to enjoy, so here’s her guide to navigating the latest mattress and bedding options.

  • Blooming Times - Feed The Birds

    Gardening to help sustain our garden birds isn’t just a philanthropic gesture. It’s immensely beneficial to the health and biodiversity of your garden - and also to the wider environment, writes Flo Whitaker

  • A Walk Across The Rooftops

    Most people don’t spare a thought for their chimney, how it came to be, how it came to work and how it might have been cleaned in years past. We asked Robert Veitch to smoke out a little history, and to make it interesting. You be the judge.

  • ‘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.

  • The Taste Of Summer

    Nothing says ‘summer’ more than home- picked fruit. Raspberries are easy to grow - and now’s the perfect time to plant them, writes Flo Whitaker

  • Naturally Cosy

    January doesn’t have to be gloomy after the Christmas decorations come down, it can be the ideal time to revamp the home as Adele Trathan explains

  • Hanging With Holly

    There’s a lot more to holly than spiky green leaves and a few red berries, so it’s over to Peter Erridge to explain all things historical and all things prickly

  • 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.