Kim Wilde's love of gardening began back in her pop-star days. It was a form of therapy in the midst of a gruelling performance schedule, she writes in her new book, First-time Gardener. But she must be doing more than singing to her plants to help them grow: Wilde is a Chelsea gold-medal winner. Here she describes how to plan gardens to budgets and requirements. There's advice on combining plants according to shape, colour and texture, and tips to ensure you have something interesting to look at all year round. Published by Collins, £17.99.
Irish Times (Ireland)