If you’re a garden-lover looking for inspiration and ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Born from a real passion for gardens and garden design, this is my garden notebook, recording the plants, people and places that I come across in my work as a garden journalist. I come to gardening from a visual standpoint, appreciating plants for their intrinsic beauty, and marvelling at the endless ways that they can be put together to create a piece of art. I also love the process of gardening, realising with every year that goes by that I actually need to be doing it to make me happy. Like many gardeners, I'm addicted to plants, and my latest obsession is growing things from seed, which you can read about in The Flower Garden, where I'm building up a directory of the flowers I love to grow from seed. Gardens and plants are good for the soul, and I want to share some of my passion and ideas with you here. Clare Foster


Traditional garden tools

Traditional tools

Old-fashioned garden tools
Piet Oudolf's garden, Rohuna. Autumn grasses.

Piet Oudolf's Garden

The Dutch designer's garden in autumn
Umberto Pasti's Garden, Rohuna, Northern Morocco, Tangier

Rohuna

A garden on a Moroccan hillside
Yew topiary, hornbeam topiary, box topiary, evergreen topiary

Topiary

The fields of Solitair Nursery
Dahlia Creme Brûlée

Amazing dahlias

The dahlias to look out for next season
Plus Brondanw, Clough Williams Ellis' home in Wales. He designed the garden with topiary for winter structure.

Plas Brondanw

An enchanting garden in Wales
Torrecchia Garden, Italy, designed by Dan Pearson

Torrecchia

A romantic garden built around the ruins of a Medieval village
Hortus Bulborum, Limmen, Netherlands. Historic bulbs.

Hortus Bulborum

A garden in Holland where historic bulb varieties are grown 
Jardin Plume, Normandy

Jardin Plume 

A garden of grasses and big skies in Normandy
Nigella papillosa 'African Bride'

The Flower Garden

Growing annuals, biennials and perennials from seed
Fritillaria meleagris, snakehead fritillary

Fritillaries

 ‘In order to appreciate its true beauty, you will have to learn to know it intimately’: Vita Sackville-West
Tulipa La Belle Epoque

Colour Palette

The trend for flowers in buff, coffee and cream
Bomarzo, Italy

Bomarzo

A garden of monsters near Rome
Scabious 'Ping Pong' growing at Green & Gorgeous flower farm

Green & Gorgeous

A cut flower grower in Oxfordshire
Sir Roy Strong at The Laskett

The Laskett

Sir Roy Strong's lifetime's creation