Rosa ‘Starlight Symphony’ has good resistance to disease.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Take advantage of the current bare-root planting season to add a rose to your garden.
You can now buy miniature succulents
Perfect for every indoor garden, style and budget.
‘Kifli’: a high-yielding salad potato.Photograph: GAP Photos//FhF Greenmedia
Plant this Dark-leaved elder (Sambucus nigra f.
Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ makes a dramatic winter picture.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this Looking for something showy for your garden this month?
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ in May.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this Make the most of tree-planting season to add a native species to your garden.
Houseleeks are one succulent you can keep outside.Photograph: Alamy
Cut this Pruning blackcurrants is one of my most cherished winter jobs because the cut stems smell just as delicious as the fruit.
Colletia paradoxa makes a perfect barrier.Photograph: Bob Gibbons/Alamy Stock Photo
Plant this If you need a barrier but find berberis too reminiscent of car parks, try anchor plant (Colletia paradoxa; ).
Dwarf sweet box packs a punch when it comes to scent.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this The spidery white flowers of dwarf sweet box (Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis) might be tiny but pack a punch when it comes to scent.
Plant this A tree that smells like candyfloss?This is the secret superpower of the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum); as well as smelling divine, the leaves flame orange, red and yellow before falling.
How do watermelons grow?Unlike most crops, watermelons grow on vines that grow out of the initial sprout and can grow to be six metres long.
Plant this Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are the plant that keeps on giving.Harvest the mildly garlicky leaves, then enjoy the white flowers in late summer through to autumn (they are also edible).
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ thrives in full sun.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this I love Euphorbia characias, and it loves me – or at least my garden.
Try liatris spicata for late summer borders.Photograph: gianpinox/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Plant this Liatris spicata or prairie gayfeather is a grand addition to a late summer border or container scheme, with flower spikes of purple or white that look exotic but are tough and hardy.
Bee balm makes great cut flowers.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this If you have moist soil, bee balm (Monarda didyma) is great.
Senecio ‘Angel Wings’: a great houseplant.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this The large, silvery leaves of Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ make a bold statement in a container in full sun.
Sneezewort does well in sun or partial shade.Photograph: Alamy
Plant this If you need a “good doer” for a white border, wildlife garden or cut-flower patch, take a look at easygoing perennial Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ – AKA sneezewort.
Singing the blues: a poison-dart frog on a mound of moss.Two years ago, I wandered into an exotic pet exhibition while on holiday in the Netherlands.