Lupines like acidic soil and lots of drainage, so heavy clay soil just won’t do. These lupines are happily growing in hard-packed gravel.

How to grow lupines

Kat Fox

How to grow lupines. These plants are tall, colourful perennials.

Lavender 'Katherine' phlox is fragrant. (Garden Making photo)

Moving and dividing perennials, again and again

Judith Adam

As often happens when moving and dividing perennials, the plant has done so well that the root ball is far larger than expected.

Spring vetchling in flower (Photo by Judith Adam)

Earliest perennial pea

Judith Adam

Spring vetchling, an early perennial pea, is related to two other ornamental pea plants — scented, annual sweet pea and hardy sweet pea vine. Spring vetchling carries a swarm of silky pea flowers on erect 15-inch (38-cm) stems held above attractive, pointed foliage.

Starting primroses from seed

Judith Adam

Starting primroses from seed doesn't always require complicated treatment to germinate. Judith Adam is enchanted by lovely old-fashioned kinds of primroses.

New plants for 2010

Garden Making

Eagerly anticipated by gardeners are the new plants that nurseries, seed companies and breeders roll out every year. It could ...