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Addison cartoon

One of our readers sent us a cartoon providing her side of the story when it comes to being employed as a gardener

Visiting pollinator c.David Murray

Scented flowers add an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our gardens. But why are flowers perfumed and what is the science behind the allure of scent? Plant chemist Phil Stevenson from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew explains.

Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’ c.Jason Ingram

GALLERY: Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath chooses some of her favourite plants that brighten her September garden, even as summer draws to a close. Browse through our gallery of images for inspiration. (Images by Jason Ingram)

Late summer container combination from Kristy Ramage c.Andrew Montgomery

Designer Kristy Ramage brings pizzazz to a late summer container combination using plants in lilac tones and a splash of orange. Here's how she did it.

Hardiness ratings

You may have noticed in the magazine that we've started using hardiness ratings in our plant descriptions. Hardiness ratings provide a standard by which gardeners can tell which plants are likely to survive in a specific location. But what do the figures means? Here's an explanation.

Long-handled bulb planters

Make sure you're prepared for bulb-planting season with a good quality, easy-to-use bulb planter. Here's our selection of nine of the best with long handles. 

Coleton Fishacre c. Carole Drake

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, why not make the most of what remains of summer and visit a garden. Garden designer and historian Penelope Hobhouse chooses 25 of her favourites, which will be looking at their late summer best.

September issue

Here's a preview of some of the features inside September's Gardens Illustrated - on sale Friday 22nd August. We've got gorgeous planting combinations for late summer containers, wecelebrate dahlias to the full and the choose the best scented plants for year round fragrance.

Scented flowers

Choose scented plants to give your garden extra appeal. Val Bourne picks 26 favourite plants to give you fragrance right through the seasons.

Dahlia combinations offer

September's reader offer: Four specially created plant collections that combine dahlias with complementary perennials and grasses. Readers get a 10% discount.