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The 10 Best men's fragrances

Whether an old favourite, new launch or bestseller, these scents are sure to please even the most masculine of sensibilities

Man-made noise 'harms plant growth'

The noise of cars, machines and other forms of human activity could be affecting growth of wild flowers and trees, as well as animals nearby.

Picture perfect: Try picking up a camera to find the weak spots in

I don't have 50 varieties of clematis, or great wafts of lavender and roses, or a herbaceous border that looks as if it was planted by Gertrude Jekyll or Vita Sackville-West. My garden, I hope, does something rather different. It's designed to make people think they're on holiday, to take them into another world.

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The Insider: How to bring some outdoors inside

The outdoors is big indoors this season, but it should be a permanent trend: my most calming room is the one painted with a hint of green – a big painting of a palm and trees. Beyond pot plants, what else can add to this feel-good style?

Concrete jungle: Discover a bucolic vision in an unlikely setting

Concrete? I'll have you know that reinforced concrete was invented by a gardener. The gardener in question was a Frenchman, Joseph Monier, who was trying to make the best-ever plant pot. (This isn't the kind of thing that gardeners just happen to know: I read it in a book about inventions I got at the Science Museum.) Gazing at Marseille's Unité, a block of apartments by Le Corbusier, it occurs to me that we have all been labouring under the misapprehension that gardening and concrete don't exactly go together. The truth is that the most brutal building always looks better with a lawn of verdant green. And some palm trees.

The Big Six: Celebrity stays

The tiny island of Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos archipelago is a favourite of A-listers including Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Bruce Willis. So much so, several of them own villas here, clustered away from the main resort in a corner known as Rocky Point. The Sanctuary, owned by yoga-loving fashion designer Donna Karan, is available to rent to non-celebrity guests, with 11 bedrooms and views of Parrot Cay's white beaches.