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Hydrangeas have always been popular in Ireland. This is likely to be because they're reliable and tend to do well even if you forget about them! In any case they produce delicate heads of flowers in shades of pink, white or blue, with a pretty leaf shape.

There are three types of flower blooms in Hydrangea:

Mophead - Globe shaped flower cluster

Panicle - Long, somewhat...

The Kilkenny Shop has announced an exclusive new collaboration with acclaimed Irish artist Deborah Donnelly. The collaboration will see Deborah become the first Irish artist to have a full collection of original work showcased in a Kilkenny shop at the Shanagarry Design Centre.

The exhibition of 20 pieces showcases Deborah’s signature use of animals, vibrant colour, texture and...

Take the tribal trend into the bathroom with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Mat, €12, Dunnes.

These dramatic Clarke & Clarke Miyako fabrics (were €32.81 per metre) are now reduced to a bargain €11 per metre at The Drapery Shop, Emmet Place. Call 021 427 18 77 for details.

These colourful wooden trays are perfect for holding kitchen bits and bobs or displaying produce at a farmers market. €18 from

Now available at Hanleys, these plants have fabulous flowers; showy and colourful. The foliage is bigger too; and they look lush and full when healthy.

The robust, mildew-resistant New Guinea Impatiens have a bright colour mix and flower from June to September on strong, spreading plants that will quickly fill pots and cover beds and borders.

After September they can be brought...

Green fingered youngsters are getting their hands dirty at The Pavilion Garden Centre, where TV gardening expert and author Peter Dowdall is inspiring a life long love of the great outdoors.

As a father and a gardener, Peter is passionate about the benefits that gardening presents for children and the appreciation it brings for the environment around them. Peter’s childrens...

Make your green tea more appealing by serving it in a pastel pink Fleur mug by Irish designer Carolyn Donnelly. €4, exclusively at Dunnes Stores.

The summer sale continues this week at The Drapery Shop on Emmet Place, with 30% off all window blinds and 10% off plantation shutters. We love this smart stripe blind, available now in-store.

Style 25 has taken delivery of a range of interesting lighting options. This blue industrial style shade is €60 from the Drawbridge St. shop.

In the market for a new mattress? Handmade from all-natural materials, the Irish-designed Core Natural Classic range moulds to the sleeper’s body shape. Free from metal and springs and made from 100% natural botanically derived materials, each one is designed with seven posture support zones. Prices start at €1,050. See for details.


Blooming shrubs tend to thrive in our climate, and for the most part are fairly self-sufficient. They don’t need oodles of attention; just clever, timely pruning, and Hanley’s Garden Centre will have a great array for sale both in-store and at their stand at the Mallow Homes and Garden Show this weekend.

Ask horticulturalist Damien at Hanleys about types of...

Nod off in a summer meadow with a Carolyn Donnelly Eclectic Floral Watercolour Print Throw, €95, Dunnes and

Bodum's Bistro Blender mixes, chops, grinds, crushes and liquefies everything from nutritious smoothies and baby foods to satisfying soups. €133, Brown Thomas.

Take advantage of every sunny Saturday by investing in a top of the range barbecue. This stylish Weber model is one of a selection available at Cork BBQ Centre, Unit 7, Forge Hill, Cork.

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